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Imagine Coexistence. Restoring Humanity After Violent Ethnic Conflict. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2212406
  • Book
  • May 2003
  • 384 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
In the last decade, the world has witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of ethnic conflicts worldwide. But what do nations that have been in bloody conflicts do when the shooting stops? How can people who have been engaged in terrorist genocidal wars ever return to a situation of peaceful coexistence?
Imagine Coexistence is a groundbreaking program that grew from the joint initiative and conference sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Harvard University, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Imagine Coexistence seeks to enhance prospects for coexistence and break the destructive cycles of intergroup violence. This important book, Imagine Coexistence - which was named for the program - offers a unique perspective grounded in research and outlines the invaluable lessons learned from numerous war-torn societies. The authors address the common problems that the people of these devastated nations face when the conflict subsides and examine how initiatives in education, the arts, sports, and economic development can offer refugees, returnees, and other survivors of group conflict reasons to work together and can create a base for relating constructively over time.
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Imagining Coexistence in Conflict Communities (Sadako Ogata).

Introduction (Antonia Chayes and Martha Minow).

Part One: Concepts.

1.onstructing Coexistence.

A Survey of Coexistence Projects in Areas of Ethnic Conflict (Aneelah Afzali and Laura Colleton).

2.The Process Toward Reconciliation (Carlos E. Sluzki).

Part Two: Practice.

3. On Hidden Ground.

One Coexistence Strategy in Central Africa (Marc Sommers and Elizabeth McClintock).

4. Grand Visions and Small Projects.

Coexistence Efforts in Southeastern Europe (Diana Chigas and Brian Ganson).

5. Imagine Coexistence Pilot Projects in Rwanda and Bosnia (Cynthia Burns, Laura McGrew, and Ilija Todorovic).

6. Evaluating Coexistence.

Insights and Challenges (Eileen F. Babbitt).

Part Three: Obstacles.

7 Freedom’s Hidden Price.

Framing the Obstacles to Economic Coexistence (Sven M. Spengemann).

8 Bureaucratic Obstacles to Imagining Coexistence (Antonia Chayes).

9. The Culture of Corruption in the Postconflict and Developing World (Glenn T. Ware and Gregory P. Noone).

Part Four: Approaches.

10. Education for Coexistence (Martha Minow).

11. Coexistence and Repair (Elizabeth V. Spelman).

12. Religion as an Aid and a Hindrance to Postconflict Coexistence Work (Marc Gopin).

13. Engaging with the Arts to Promote Coexistence (Cynthia Cohen).

14. Fostering Coexistence in Identity-Based Conflicts.

Toward a Narrative Approach (Sara Cobb).

15. The Art of the Possible.

Parallelism as an Approach to Promoting Coexistence (Lauren Elizabeth Guth).


Reflections on Coexistence (Michael Ignatieff).

About the Editors.

About the Contributors.


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Antonia Chayes Harvard University.

Martha L. Minow Harvard University.
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