Conflict Prevention and Human Security: Issues and Challenges




Conflict, Security, and Development


The debate over the relevance of preventive diplomacy is rich and entertaining. This paper will not address the debate directly except to argue here that it often degenerates into a false choice. One need not reject the entire corpus of neo‐realist thinking about the nature of armed conflicts to accept the importance and relevance of conflict prevention. For a concise set of examples summarising the debate itself, see Stedman (1995) and the rejoinder by Lund (1996). A thoughtful treatment of the shortcomings of realist critiques of preventive diplomacy can be found in Jentleson (2000).

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