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Alternative Approaches in Conflict Resolution

  • Martin Leiner
  • Christine Schliesser

Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Martin Leiner, Christine Schliesser
    Pages 1-15
  3. Alternative Approaches—Negotiation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Martin Leiner
      Pages 19-24
    3. Rudolf Schuessler
      Pages 25-36
    4. Julie Bernath, Djané Dit Fatogoma Adou, Briony Jones
      Pages 47-58
  4. Alternative Approaches—Gender and Religion

  5. Alternative Approaches—Reconciliation and Forgiveness

  6. Alternative Approaches—The Arts

About this book


This edited volume brings together alternative and innovative approaches in conflict resolution. With traditional military intervention repeatedly leading to the transformation of entire regions into zones of instability and violence (Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria), the study of alternative and less violent approaches to conflict resolution has become imperative. Four approaches are presented here: negotiation, religion and gender, reconciliation and forgiveness, and the arts. This volume contains the insights and experiences of fourteen internationally renowned scholars and practitioners from different contexts. Can forgiveness help heal relationships in post-apartheid South Africa? How can art assist dealing with ‘unrememberable’ events such as the genocide in Rwanda? What transformational resources do women offer in contexts of massive human rights violations? The aim here is twofold: to provide and encourage critical reflection of the approaches presented here and to explore concrete improvements in conflict resolution strategies. In its interdisciplinary and international outlook, this work combines the tried-and-tested approaches from conflict resolution experts in academia, NGOs and civil society, making it an invaluable tool for academics and practitioners alike.


conflict resolution violence peace negotiation religion gender reconciliation forgiveness the arts

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Leiner
    • 1
  • Christine Schliesser
    • 2
  1. 1.Jena UniversityJenaGermany
  2. 2.University of ZürichZürichSwitzerland

About the editors

Martin Leiner is Chair of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Jena University, Germany, and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Theology of Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is the Founder and Director of the Jena Center for

Christine Schliesser is Academic Associate at the Institute for Social Ethics at Zurich University, Switzerland, and Junior Research Fellow at the Center for Religion, Economics and Politics at Basel University, Switzerland. 

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