№ 3, 2000
Preventive Diplomacy: Experience and Perspectives
The article is devoted to the study of the problems related to the use of preventive diplomacy methods for conflict prevention. The author thoroughly analyses the experience gained by the United Nations Organization as well as other international agencies and non-governmental actors. He dwells on so called field diplomacy which he finds a prospective direction in the struggle for peace. The article considers the most important reasons of the failures of preventive diplomacy such as the lack of agreement and interest in preventive measures, the bulky procedure of decision making, the inadequate infrastructure, the lack of know-how, the confused nature of modern conflicts, etc. The author shows that preventive diplomacy will be successful if all the actors, both governmental and non-governmental, in their activity, are ruled by the desire to prevent an armed conflict and sufferings and losses brought by it. It is totally inadmissible for the persons involved to implement in parallel their own program or the program of governments or organizations which sent them. Complete impartiality is the main condition of successful preventive diplomacy.
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