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Peace and Conflict Studies
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Nathan Funk
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Power Politics Paradigm
World Order Paradigm
Conflict ResolutionParadigm
Nonviolence Paradigm
Transformation Paradigm
Peace is the absence of war
Prescription for peace
military preparedness,
diplomacy, alliances to power
or achieve hegemony
Peace (direct) through
coercive power to
deter/compel and alliance
Peace is more than the absence of
war, it requires broad-based
consensus-building on norms/rules;
institutionalized cooperation on
global scale, progress is possible
Direct and structural through: the
powers of law consensus, institution
building and global civil society
Peace through the power of
communication, respect for
interests and needs
(win/win solutions) and
Peace (comprehensive)
through: collective action and
advocacy, willpower and
disciplined rejection of violence
Nonviolence as a way of life
non-injury, love of enemy,
spirituality and nonviolence
Peace (comprehensive)
through: unlearning violence,
development of “whole”
human being, personal acts of
moral courage and
Wars happen because of
scarcity of resources, power
plays, in response to
High-intensity armed conflict;
it is an extension of politics
and it is a calculated thought
War among states reflects
competition in the
international system; final
arbiter of disputes; based on
rational calculations of
national interest
War within states reflects
weak government, or lack of
national unity; strengthen
central government, help one
side win or partition (options)
Alliances states form
alliances to advance their
interests; bipolarity vs. multi-
Violence from:
Natural competition, bad
actors and a struggle for
power/security and wealth
Underdeveloped global governance
Complex intersection of economic,
social, political and environmental
processes (poor countries face major
disadvantages, under provision of
public goods)
Violence: from misgovernance,
structural inequalities and lack of
effective and humane international
institutions, respect for international
Violence from: troubled
historical relationships
between individuals and
groups, misperceptions and
self-serving biases and
Power the ability to
dominate another or to
push them very hard to do
what they don’t want to do
Violence from: strategic
dependence on violence,
relations of domination and
subordination, “culture of
Power perceptions people
with money; people who are
able to control an audience the
stock market, images of
weapons, the TV and the media
Violence from: belief systems
and values (excessive
materialism, egocentrism,
ethnocentrism), moral,
spiritual and/or educational
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