n Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - A common commitment : communication and the quest for peace : editorial

Special Edition 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0069



During the past decade, the phenomenon of recurring conflict has come to play an increasingly visible role in thinking about the nature of peace and conflict, more explicitly recognising the cyclical nature of escalation and the intricate nexus between often artificially separated conflict phases of prevention, escalation and post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation (see e.g. World Bank, 2011). Even more so than before, in the twenty-first century, violent conflict seems to have become one mechanism employed in creating vicious circles, enclosing whole societies - or in the words of Paul Collier the 'bottom billion' (2007) - in a seemingly endless, self-sustaining trap.

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