№ 3, 2000
Preventive Diplomacy as a Tool of Conflict Prevention
A short review of the history of the formation and development of scientific sub-disciplines studying the problems of peace and conflicts resolution is followed by the analysis of the preventive diplomacy content. The author recognizes the contribution made by Dr. B. Butros Gali, the UN Secretary General, for the actualization of this notion in his report «Agenda for Peace» but still shares the opinion of the scientists who find the proposed interpretation of preventive diplomacy too wide and ambiguous. He finds more adequate the approach according to which the essence of preventive diplomacy lies in the interference before a conflict breaks out in order not to allow disagreements to turn into an open confrontation. In the article, big attention is paid to the conditions creating the ground for preventive measures as well as to the factors ensuring the success of early interference. Describing the institutions which can implement preventive diplomacy and their instruments the author relies upon the experience of the Center of Early Warning and Conflict Prevention in Amman (Jordan), he is its director.
Main Page ~ Authors ~ Gharaibeh Mdzen