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By Harold H. Saunders

Many of the deep-rooted human conflicts that grab our cognizance this day are usually not prepared for formal mediation and negotiation. humans don't negotiate approximately identification, worry, historical complaint, and injustice. Sustained discussion offers an area the place voters outdoor govt can switch their conflictual relationships. Governments can negotiate binding agreements and implement and enforce them, yet merely voters can swap human relationships. Governments have lengthy had their instruments of international relations - mediation, negotiation, strength, and allocation of assets. Harold H. Saunders' A Public Peace technique presents electorate outdoors govt with their very own software for reworking clash. Saunders outlines a scientific method for voters to exploit in lowering racial, ethnic, and different deep-rooted tensions of their international locations, groups, and organizations.

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Work that has focused on conflict between states needs to blend with the study of conflict within communities. Work that has focused on resolving conflict needs to meld with insights into developing democratic thought and practice and building civil society. Work on the behavior of groups needs to be set alongside study of state behavior. Work on the processes of continuous interaction within and between groups needs to be developed further, along with studies of institutional decision making. This is a book about whole human beings in whole bodies politic.

Since the seventeenth century, the prevailing concepts have been defined mainly in terms of states, governments and institutional politics. If citizens outside government are to play the role they must play in "the citizens' century," they need their own conceptual lenses suitable for today's world. Traditionally, "power," for instance, was defined in narrow, largely material terms as the ability to force someone or a group to do what he, she or it does not want to do. S. civil-rights movement of the 1960s, in the largely unarmed Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation in the late 1980s and early 1990s and in East-Central Europe in 1989, however, citizens with little material power changed the course of history.

The Challenges of Conflict and Peace in the Citizens' Century 9 A public peace process3 is a sustained political process through which citizens outside government come together in dialogue to design steps for changing conflictual relationships in ways that create the capacities to build the practices, processes and structures of peace. The longer-term goal is to immunize the society against the recurrence of violence. As an instrument of citizens outside government, the public peace process stands apart from the formal mediation and negotiation of governments and, at its best, can complement, support or even energize the official peace process.

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