MINELRES: New Publication: Institutions for the management of ethnopolitical conflicts

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Tue Sep 16 18:19:22 2008


Original sender: William Mckinney <mckinney@ECMI.DE>


New Publication:

"Institutions for the management of ethnopolitical conflicts in 
central and eastern Europe", ed. by Stefan Wolff and Marc Weller 
(ECMI - Council of Europe Handbook on Minority Issues). Strasbourg: 
Council of Europe Publishing (2008), 275 pp.

Once considered an exclusively internal affair, international 
organizations have, over the last few decades, become increasingly 
active in attempts to prevent and/or to resolve them. This book 
presents a series of studies covering the work of eight different 
organizations active in central and eastern Europe: the Organization 
for Security and Co-operation in Europe; its High Commissioner on 
National Minorities; the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the 
United Nations Development Programme and Office of the Coordination 
of Humanitarian Affairs; the Council of Europe; the European Union; 
the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe; and the World Bank. A 
further chapter considers the role of non-governmental organizations.

The studies consider the varying approaches adopted by these 
institutions and illustrate the ways in which these differ from and 
complement one another. The assessment covers both the preventive and 
reactive sides of conflict management, and provides valuable lessons 
for similar activities in the future, both in the region and
beyond.

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