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June 1997
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Wars in the Midst of Peace
The International Politics of Ethnic Conflict
Carment, David, James, Patrick
Violent conflicts rooted in ethnicity have, unfortunately, become increasingly common throughout the world, particularly in countries recently liberated from authoritarianism. Using theory, case studies, and aggregate data, the essays in this volume address the difficulties facing contemporary leaders and offer potential solutions to the policy issues surrounding ethnic disputes.

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Patrick James teaches in the Department of International Relations at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
David Carment teaches at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
“Designed to address one of the most significant topics in the post cold war era. It brings together the thinking of some outstanding scholars on this topic.”—Richard W. Cottam, University of Pittsburgh

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Violent conflicts rooted in ethnicity have erupted all over the world. Since the Cold War ended and a new world order has failed to emerge, political leaders in countries long repressed by authoritarianism, such as Yugoslavia, have found it easy to mobilize populations with the ethnic rallying cry. Thus, the worldwide shift to democratization has often resulted in something quite different from effective pluralism. This volume of essays assembles a diverse array of approaches to the problems of ethnic conflict, with researchers and scholars using pure theory, comparative case studies, and aggregate data analysis to approach the complex questions facing today’s leaders. How do we keep communal conflicts from deteriorating into sustained violence? What models can we follow to promote peaceful secession? What effect does--or should--ethnic conflict have on foreign policy? Wars in the Midst of Peace should be of interest to international relations specialists, policy makers, students and practitioners of peacekeeping.


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