A New Era of Nonviolence

The Power of Civil Society Over War


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This book is an exploration of nonviolent strategies and tactics that have been used to prevent and end civil wars, invasions, and occupations. The problem of war is examined in light of efforts to transform destructive conflict into constructive conflict. Research into alternatives has produced a corpus of knowledge that enables civil society increasingly to expect success when it engages decision-makers in peaceful conflict resolution.
The book asks the reader to consider the questions of social conflict using a cost-benefit analysis—which can reveal the advisability of strategic nonviolence. Research into the causes and correlates of war is robust, and when that research is applied to comparisons of conflict management methods, numerous conclusions about potential strategies for ending war emerge.

About the Author(s)

Tom H. Hastings teaches in the graduate program of Conflict Resolution at Portland State University.

Bibliographic Details

Tom H. Hastings
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 200
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9431-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1561-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi

Foreword by Laura Finley  1

Preface: War Is Over  5

Section I: Ending Civil Wars 15

Part 1: Reduce Grievances 18

Stop the Violence 21

Leadership Styles  29

Corruption 31

Resource Conflict  35

Poverty  44

Democratic Aspirations 49

Secession  51

Identity Conflict  54

Cross-Border Spillover War  62

Failed States  67

Conflict Early Warning 68

Post-Conflict Is ­Pre-Conflict  69

Media 73

Part 2: Promote Nonviolent Conflict Management 78

Strategic Nonviolence  84

Truth and Reconciliation Processes  94

Transform Conflict Industry  96

Sanctions 101

Peace and Conflict Education  102

Law 103

Section II: Ending Invasions and Occupations 107

Part 3: Nonviolent Resistance: Invaded and Invading Nations 110

Nonviolent Resistance from Within the Invading Nation 111

Nonviolent Resistance from Within the Invaded and

Occupied Nations 124

Part 4: Nonviolent Resistance by the World 135

Citizen-Based Direct Diplomacy  139

Civil Society Prompting International Action  143

Civil Society–Initiated Corporation Action  145

The Ultimate Challenge: How About Those Nazis?  148

Perduring Problems, Hypothetical Solutions: Ballots, Bullets, or Bodies  149

Transnational Forces for Nonviolence  151

Conclusion: Nonviolence Is the Better Mousetrap  160

Notes  163

References  169

Index  185

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