The 20th century was the most bloody in history as sophisticated weaponry killed millions of people. And already conflict in the new century has taken a heavy toll. In today's world, most wars are within countries rather than between states. Often, it is civilians that suffer most, especially women and children. This invaluable guide is excellent for students, peace groups and activists. With tables, maps, case studies and quotes, it looks at how conflict escalates and ways it can be prevented. It examines the changing types of war, including the 'War on Terror' and ethnic conflict such as in Rwanda; the role of diplomacy and the UN, and what steps ordinary people are taking to re-build communities. It also offers ideas and inspiration for creating lasting peace.
Professor Helen Ware is Chair of International Agency Leadership (Peace Building) at the School of Professional Development in the University of New England (UNE), Australia. http://www.une.edu.au/
Foreword by Estanislau da Silva, Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Timor Leste (East Timor) Introduction 1 War and peace 2 From divorce to war 3 Culture clash 4 Working diplomatically 5 The UN, Darfur and oil-deals in Beijing 6 The costs of war 7 Imagine living life in peace Contacts Index