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Negotiating Peace in Deeply Divided Societies

Negotiating Peace in Deeply Divided Societies
A Set of Simulations

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Radha Kumar - Former Director General, Delhi Policy Group.

April 2009 | 416 pages | SAGE India
This first-of-its-kind book approaches peacemaking in a unique way. It makes an innovative application of simulation—as training exercises for peacemaking—and puts readers in the role of key actors during conflict and conflict resolution processes, giving them a nuanced understanding of the risk, opportunity and cost of making peace.

These simulations are also aimed at helping would-be negotiators and/or mediators prepare better. The six exercises included in the book are mostly based on actual or potential negotiations in ongoing peace processes. They cover the following aspects of negotiating peace in deeply divided societies: preventing escalation of the conflict (also called conflict management), initiating Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) that pave the way for political resolution, addressing the root causes of conflict, arriving at a comprehensive agreement to end the conflict and post-conflict peace-building.

As a set of exercises, the six simulations in this book will be useful for administrators, negotiators and peacekeeping forces. This book will also be an important source of information for students and academics studying Politics, International Relations and Peace Studies.

John Doyle and Adrian Guelke
The Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement: Final Round
Radha Kumar and Anjali Puri
Renegotiating the Constitution: Dayton 2000
Radha Kumar
Ending the Violence
Udayon Mishra
Towards Resolution
Radha Kumar and Ellora Puri
Frameworks for a Settlement
Radha Kumar
Humanitarian Intervention: The Role of the International Community
Appendix: Note for Simulation Setters

This book gives the reader an unreserved and through version of various trouble spots, the world over with a simulation exercise on each dispute… On the whole a simulating, thought provoking book, and the “simulations” in exercise form will be of great use to academicians and students of these quandaries as well.

Defence Watch

The chapters are well-researched and peppered with information including timeline, historical documents, maps wherever applicable and so forth. Simulations are written by the regional experts who exhibit a deep and intricate understanding of the local history, flavour and the main areas of conflict. No wonder, in many cases, these serve as models which can be adapted for designing simulations for varied situations. Taken together, these are designed to be useful for administrators, negotiators and peace keeping forces, as well as students.

Business India

This book contains a series of six ready-made simulations, each of which addresses issues of peacemaking in politically of ethnically-divided societies…. The chapters are well-written and clear, and the background materials would serve very well as the core briefing documents for participants. Most of the simulations are written by regional experts with a rich understanding of local history, actors, and the conflict itself…. This book is a valuable contribution. It will be especially useful to instructors seeking ready-made conflict resolution simulations for the classroom. Negotiating Peace in Deeply Divided Societies also provides a useful model for how simulations can be presented, with the models offered in the volume providing useful templates that could be applied to writing up simulation materials for other cases.

Negotiating Peace in Deeply Divided Societies makes an innovative application of stimulations training exercises for peacemaking and puts the readers in the role of key actors during the conflict resolution process, giving them an understanding of the risk and opportunity.

The Financial Express

Radha Kumar's book may be seen as an attempt to train our negotiators to respond intelligently. It offers a series of simulations based on real-world negotia­tions here and overseas — in Northern Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nagaland and Kashmir. There are also abstract simulations to investigate confidence-building measures and humanitarian interventions by the international community. The reader must put him or herself in the driving seat and steer the sit­uation to closure. It's easy, in the sense that you don't have to grapple with game theory, but it exposes the reader to the extremely difficult situations that nego­tiators face.

The Little Magazine

This book teaches how to negotiate peace in deeply divided societies…. This book will be useful for administrators, negotiators and peace-keeping forces as also students of international understanding.


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