Introduction – Closing the Unfinished Business
Cases of violent internal conflicts based on contestation are confronted by the intractability of achieving closure. In identity conflicts, ‘closure’ refers to effectively establishing structural arrangements of social interactions that empower parties to cope with their differences. Closing negotiations represents a research area less explored in the academic community, as closure is perceived as self-evident and self-imposing. A negotiation process that is legitimate and that involves conflicting parties with a genuine interest in resolving conflicts is seen as self-evidently and self-imposingly leading to a closure (see Dupont & Faure 2002; Kremenyuk 2002; Alfredson & Cungu 2008). However, agreements resulting from the negotiation process may eventually collapse, because new sets of conditions are required by closure, many of which have not been adequately confronted in the negotiation process.
KeywordsOrganize Crime Negotiation Process Armed Conflict Peace Process Ethnic Conflict
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