Date of Graduation

Summer 2012


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

Andrei Shoumikhin


conflict, conflict resolution, ethnic, peace, peacekeeping, violence

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


The purpose of this thesis is to provide a comprehensive look at various methods of conflict resolution and assess their relative usefulness in resolving specific conflict situations in Latin America, the Middle East, Eurasia, and the East-Pacific. Case studies analyzed represent the type of human conflict that may be more prevalent in the future—separatist and ideological. The choice of methods of conflict resolution including peacebuilding, peacekeeping, peace enforcement and negotiation, depends on the nature and genesis of conflict situations. Conflicts rooted in matters of ideology, e.g., religion and nationalism, are usually the most resistant to negotiated solutions and require forceful interventions. The thesis reviews available mechanisms and tools of conflict resolution. It looks at various operations to restore and preserve peace conducted by the United Nations, NATO and individual states in the regions under review. It concludes that many different methods of conflict resolution are applicable to current and future conflicts.


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