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Benjamin J. Broome & Ann-Sofi Jakobsson Hatay

In: The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Communication: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice

Chapter 23: Building Peace in Divided Societies: The Role of Intergroup Dialogue

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Building Peace in Divided Societies: The Role of Intergroup Dialogue
Building peace in divided societies: The role of intergroup dialogue

Dialogue, in a multitude of disguises, is a key feature of some of the most important political processes in today's world; namely, efforts to prevent or bring about an end to armed conflicts. A recent survey of conflicts around the world recorded (for 2004) a total of 30 ongoing armed conflicts.1 The overwhelming majority of these conflicts were intrastate conflicts (“civil wars”).2 Media reports from places such as Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Chechnya, Colombia, the Congo, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Kashmir, Liberia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Uganda are testimonies of their legacy: human death and injury, displacement, serious economic harm, devastation of the social fabric, heavy damage ...

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