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The Slippery Slope to Genocide: Reducing Identity Conflicts and Preventing Mass Murder

I. William Zartman, Mark Anstey, and Paul Meerts


Genocide results from the culmination of conflicts over identity. A group of people that feels threatened by extinction resorts to genocide as a pathologically defensive reaction. This poses a security dilemma that can only be ended by quelling the feelings of threat and fear that prompt mass violence. In order to prevent genocide, it is essential to understand the internal dynamics of identity conflict. It is also important to intervene at the early stages of identity conflict; the parties involved require external help to ease tensions. In this volume, noted thinkers and practitioners of con ... More

Keywords: genocide, identity conflict, conflict management, outbidders, spoilers, intervention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199791743
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791743.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

I. William Zartman, editor

Mark Anstey, editor

Paul Meerts, editor

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Part One Introduction

1 The Problem

I. William Zartman and Mark Anstey

Part Two Internal DynamicsThe Parties

4 The Identity Narratives

Jesús Romero-Trillo1

Part Three Intervention Dynamics The Mediator

10 Mediation and Identity Conflicts1

Joshua Lerner Smilovitz2

15 The International Community Response

Peter Wallensteen, Erik Melander, and Frida Möller

Part Four Conclusions

18 Lessons for Theory

I. William Zartman and Mark Anstey

19 Lessons for Practice

Mark Anstey and Paul Meerts

End Matter