I may have first thought about "just resolution of conflict" when I was a student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem many years ago. Those days I often heard on the radio--there was no TV in Israel at the time--and read about King Hussein's repeated calls for a "just and lasting Peace" in the Middle East. I have also noticed over the years that the same slogan has been repeated, not only by King Hussein, but also by other prominent and less prominent leaders in regard to other conflicts.(1) The notion of just resolution of conflict has attracted me more and more, especially over the years in regards to my study of Africa.
Dov Ronen taught at the Hebrew University and at the Harvard University Extension and was affiliated for nineteen years with Harvard University's Center for International Affairs, six years as director of its Africa Research Program. He served as chairman of the Ethnicity and Politics Research Committee of the International Political Science Association, as an advisor of UNESCO's Project, Management of Social Transformations (MOST) on multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies, and as Principal Investigator, Institute of Conflict Resolution, Vienna, Austria, on several research projects. As Lecturer on Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, he has conducted a weekly seminar on "Conflict" for the last six years. Among his publications is an article in the Encyclopedia Britannica, and among his five books, The Quest for Self-Determination (1979), Pluralism and Democracy in Africa (editor, 1986), and The Challenge of Ethnic Conflict: Democracy and Self-Determination in Central Europe (1997). Perhaps because he is a survivor of the Holocaust in Hungary, his personal and primary research interests have been the causes and mechanism of conflict, the connection between violent conflict and the state, and the path to a future global order of peaceful relations among human beings.
conflict resolution, ethnic diversity, human needs, just resolution of conflict, motivation
"Can There be a Just Resolution of Conflict?,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 5:
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