A Public Peace Process: Sustained Dialogue to Transform Racial and Ethnic Conflicts

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Many of the deep-rooted human conflicts that seize our attention today are not ready for formal mediation and negotiation. People do not negotiate about identity, fear, historic grievance, and injustice. Governments can negotiate binding agreements and enforce and implement them, but only citizens can change human relationships. Governments have long had their tools—diplomacy, mediation, negotiation, force, and allocation of resources.
 A Public Peace Process, by Harold H. Saunders, provides citizens outside government with an instrument for transforming conflict. Saunders outlines a “systematic” approach for citizens to use in reducing racial, ethnic, and other deep-rooted tensions in their countries, communities, and organizations.

Saunders served as US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs between 1978 and 1981. He is director of international affairs at the Kettering Foundation.

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