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Just Security in an Undergoverned World$
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William Durch, Joris Larik, and Richard Ponzio

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198805373

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198805373.001.0001

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Overcoming the Paradox of Conflict Prevention

Overcoming the Paradox of Conflict Prevention

(p.43) 3 Overcoming the Paradox of Conflict Prevention
Just Security in an Undergoverned World

Edward Newman

Eamon Aloyo

Oxford University Press

Progress in conflict prevention depends upon a better understanding of the underlying circumstances that give rise to violent conflict and mass atrocities, and of the warning signs that a crisis is imminent. While a substantial amount of empirical research on the driving forces of conflict exists, its policy implications must be exploited more effectively, so that the enabling conditions for violence can be addressed before it occurs. Violence prevention involves a range of social, economic, and political factors; the chapter highlights challenges—many of them international—relating to deprivation, inequality, governance, and environmental management. Prevention also requires overcoming a number of acute political obstacles embedded within the values and institutions of global governance. The chapter concludes with a range of proposals for structural conflict prevention and crisis response, as well as the prevention of mass atrocities.

Keywords:   crisis prevention, conflict prevention, structural prevention, mass atrocities, early warning, horizontal inequality

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