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Johan Galtung, one of the founders of modern peace studies, provides a wide-ranging panorama of the ideas, theories and assumptions on which the study of peace is based. The book is organized in four parts, each examining the one of the four major theoretical approaches to peace. The first part covers peace theory, exploring the epistemological assumptions of peace. In Part Two conflict theory is examined with an exploration of nonviolent and creative handling of conflict. Developmental theory is discussed in Part Three, exploring structural violence, particularly in the economic field, together with a consideration of the ways of overcoming that violence. The fourth part is devoted to civilization theory.

Conflict Interventions
Conflict interventions
Conflict Intervention as Communication: Eleven Approaches

Let us start by assuming a conflict formation involving m actors and n goals, the tension level is high. The conflict is consuming more and more of the resources thrown into it (perhaps even more than the value of the goals); it is even consuming the actors themselves. The problem is no longer who wins most, but who loses least. Conflict reality is already bad: the prognosis is worse. The actors are unable to stop the process and reverse it. The material and non-material suffering the actors inflict on things, themselves, and others is intolerable, also to outsiders. The case for outside intervention, solicited or unsolicited, is strong. Yugoslavia 1991–199? comes to mind. The Why is clear. ...

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