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Scott Sigmund Gartner & Molly M. Melin

In: The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Resolution

Chapter 29: Assessing Outcomes: Conflict Management and the Durability of Peace

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Assessing Outcomes: Conflict Management and the Durability of Peace
Assessing outcomes: Conflict management and the durability of peace

Conflict management is as old as conflict itself. Yet, for years, scientific studies of conflict management lagged behind other areas of study in the field of international relations, such as conflict initiation, remaining mostly anecdotal. The conflict resolution process was shrouded in mystique since most actions were conducted behind closed doors and were highly confidential (Young 1967). Scholars were skeptical about the possibility of creating generalizations about conflict management and its outcomes (Meyer 1960; Simkin 1971). As a result, the activities involved in managing conflict and the outcomes of these efforts have only recently become a focus of systematic scholarship (Young 1967; Bercovitch and Gartner 2006a). As the ...

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