International Negotiation 4: 527–545, 1999. © 1999 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. 527 Peace Work by Civil Actors in Post-Communist Societies DIANA FRANCIS 3 Prospect Place, Beechen Cliff, Bath BA2 4QP, United Kingdom NORBERT ROPERS Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management, Altensteinstrasse 48a, D–14195 Berlin, Germany Abstract. This paper addresses the entire collection of peace tasks and roles that confronts civil actors in the post-communist societies of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Peace work in post-communist societies is viewed as inseparable from the creation of a new culture for dealing with political and social conflicts. Keywords: nongovernmental organizations, post-communist societies, ethnic conflict Since the momentous events of 1989/90, the pattern of conflict in Europe has changed for the good. Inevitably, the forms, institutions, and mechanisms for dealing with conflicts have also changed, although constructive interven- tion is still far outpaced by the dynamics of conflict. The concepts of peace policy and peace work have had new life breathed into them. One feature that has assumed particular importance is the debate about the actors involved in these domains: How can the role of multilateral non-governmental actors in preventive diplomacy, in the intervention
International Negotiation – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1999
Keywords: nongovernmental organizations; post-communist societies; ethnic conflict
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