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International Organization and Ending Conflicts

Alistair D. Edgar


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Comment on this article   International organizations sometimes have played useful or important roles in bringing particular conflicts to an end, while in other cases they unintentionally have exacerbated the existing conflict or even become a reason for new or further intensified hostilities. At a broader and more abstract level, international organization as an idea or an approach to political and social conflict management and resolution – now often referred to under the rubric of “global governance” – has been the subject of much discussion by scholars and practitioners, and has taken shape in numerous historical examples. This review essay addresses both the historical and the more recent studies, proposals, and debates about whether (and how) international organization contributes to the ending of conflicts in the abstract, and the role(s) of international organization in specific conflicts in the form of interstate wars or, more frequently today, intrastate and very un-civil wars. It also highlights contemporary methodological and epistemological divergences amongst scholars about how to understand, or to look at, the field of international organization and conflict resolution. Some degree of overlap will exist as other review essays in the Compendium series are mandated to address closely related subjects such as international organizations and preventing war, peacebuilding, ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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