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n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - Foreword

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-6997

Abstract

In the field of dealing with conflict, as probably in most other fields, there is always an interplay between established methods and innovative ones. On the one hand, there are the approaches and practices that have a mostly undocumented but long history behind them. We take it for granted that from the time of our remotest ancestors there were differences and rivalries - and resulting quarrels and fights. We have indications, however, from which we infer that among our ancestors there were those who discovered the value of talking things out instead of fighting them out. On the other hand, there are the bright ideas and updated methods of the present. Time-proven traditions are modified to meet current needs - as for instance, gender balance. Basic procedures of negotiation and mediation are refined - for instance, in light of our current insights into dialogue and communication skills - and supplemented - for instance, by recently conceptualised specialisation in peacemaking and peacebuilding.

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2011-01-01
2019-11-20

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