MINELRES: New Publication: Institutions for the management of ethnopolitical conflicts
Tue Sep 16 18:19:22 2008
Original sender: William Mckinney <mckinney@ECMI.DE>
"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
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