Cycle of Violence Theories and Conflict Resolution in the Post-Yugoslav States

Vanessa Pupavac


This paper examines the implementation
of non-governmental programs in
the post-Yugoslav states. Current conflict
resolution initiatives are informed
by theories of deviancy and the idea of
cycles of violence. The presumption of
such programs is that conflict has resulted from
a culture of violence. Whilst
some non-governmental organisations
have expressed doubts about the effectiveness
of their peace education work,
the reasons for the problems they experience
are often misunderstood. One
reason that is never addressed is that
people from the region are already familiar
with the concept of peace education,
but have seen it fail. Ironically postwar
Yugoslavia was very important in the
development of the field of peace education
and was held up as a model of ethnic
conflict management for other countries
to follow.

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