War or terrorism: A search for focus

Kremenyuk, V.A. (2004). War or terrorism: A search for focus. In: International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergences - 30th Session. Eds. Ragaini, R., London: World Scientific. ISBN 981-238-820-6

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In understanding and dealing with violent internal conflicts, it is important to begin with a conceptualization of their causal ingredients as a guide to a search for their solutions. While internal wars are often thought to be based on Need, Need alone is not sufficient to cause conflict; conflict occurs when Need is unevenly and unfairly distributed, allowing targeted groups to identify and mobilize (Creed) and then to compete for resources both for the resistance movement and for its political entrepreneurs (Greed).1 Each of the three elements in the conflict in turn requires a different type of justice as a solution. These elements pose complex challenges for mediators, and underscore the importance of prevention over cure. Prevention eliminates the opportunity on which Greed and Creed feed. But once the three combine to nourish conflict, mediation becomes a tough job of uncertain entry and long duration.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Programs: Processes of International Negotiation Network (PIN)
Bibliographic Reference: In: R. Ragaini (ed.); International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergences - 30th Session; World Scientific, London, UK [2004]
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:16
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:37
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/7218

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