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Just Reconciliation

The Practice and Morality of Making Peace


Edited By John R. Elford

Most people desire peace but understand that military intervention is sometimes required as a last resort. This book argues that more attention must therefore be given to the study and practice of post-conflict reconciliation. The essays collected here look at the work of figures such as Marc Ellis, Donald Reeves, Justin Welby and the ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ Andrew White, and examines how these individuals portray the different successes and failures of reconciliation in dangerous situations. Other chapters examine the contributions made to reconciliation activity by psychology, aid distribution, commissions and peace treaties. The countries and regions under discussion include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, the Middle East, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The contributions reflect both religious and secular views on reconciliation.
The central debate takes place in the context of the changing role of the military in the modern world. The essays in the volume argue that issues relating to reconciliation and the post-conflict reconstruction of civil society should be considered a part of the moral assessment of military action and that the theory of just war needs to be developed to include considerations of this kind.


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Acknowledgements vii Justin Welby and R. John Elford Introduction: Modern Reconciliation Activities 1 D.C. Webb, Gavin Fairbairn, Seidu Alidu and Ayeray Medina Bustos What Do We Mean by Reconciliation? 21 R. John Elford Just War Theory: Reconciliation and Reconstruction in the Christian Tradition 43 Justin Welby Reconciliation in Nigeria 65 R. John Elford Andrew White in Iraq 85 Marc H. Ellis Jews of Conscience and a Just Reconciliation in Israel/Palestine: Ref lections from a Jewish Theology of Liberation 107 Ron Roberts, Edina Bećirević and Stephen Paul Truth and Denial: Psychological Perspectives on Reconciliation in Bosnia 129 vi Lakshman Dissanayake Social Reconciliation in Sri Lanka 147 Donald Reeves Peace Building Is not for Wimps: Ref lections on Progress towards Reconciliation in the Balkans 173 R. John Elford Concluding Ref lections 195 Notes on Contributors 217 Index 219

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