Mediation, the facilitated discussion of disputes and conflicts, is a flexible approach that can be used at all levels of intervention to move us toward a global peace that is both inclusive and fair. Moving Toward a Just Peace: The Mediation Continuum, edited by Jan Marie Fritz, brings together mediators, scholar-practitioners, and a veteran diplomat to discuss the life and times of mediation in very different settings. The 13 chapters include three essays about culture, creativity, and models/theories/approaches. And there are ten chapters about practice: community mediation, mediation by police, special education mediation; interventions on behalf of widows in Nigeria; capacity-building work in Burundi; mediation in Israel; the creative facilitation of meetings; community conferencing; UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women and Peace and Security) and the role of civil society organizations in peacebuilding. This volume discusses the expanding roles (from prevention through societal transformation) assumed by mediators and the urgent need for mediators working at different intervention levels to learn from each other. This volume is a must read for the scholars, researchers, policymakers, civil society representatives and practitioners with interests in effective dispute and conflict intervention. It particularly is recommended for those managing dispute and conflict intervention processes. Six experts have come together to discuss the creative, essential aspects of effective conflict intervention and examine important areas of dispute intervention in communities and countries around the world. In doing so, they have identified the mediation continuum - from prevention through evaluation - as important, and perhaps even central, to the work of mediators and those who study the processes that move us toward the goal of a just peace. After a detailed discussion of the essential basics including cultural competency, creativity, ethics and theories, the authors examine selected areas of practice. These include community mediation centers in the United States, the police as mediators, special education mediation in the United States and Scotland, court mediation is Israel, social mediation in Europe, community conferencing in Australia and the United States, and civil society development in Burundi. While some of these chapters have a national focus, international comparisons and insights are a priority. This volume is a must read for the scholars, researchers, policymakers, teachers and practitioners with interests in conflict analysis and intervention, and it is recommended particularly for those managin dispute intervention processes.
Jan Marie Fritz
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