The soviet war on religion by M Sherwood

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This chapter also examines the Budapest and Lisbon summits. We explain that a compromise agreement based on mutual concessions was very unlikely because the BATNA of both parties were superior to the offers and because public opinion in general and the ethno-nationalists in particular were unready for accepting peace. Thus, H1 is tested here. It was crucially important to address the core issues of the conflict to build the peace rather than ignoring them. H3 is also tested here to analyse why the parties rejected the various peace plans.

Miller (eds), Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict (Cambridge and London: The MIT Press, 1996–97), pp. 108–9. 15 Azar, The Management, p. 15. ), Conflict Transformation (Palgrave: St Martin’s Press, 1995), p. 230. Conceptual Framework 25 that has been infused with symbolic qualities. Such issues in turn lead to zerosum proposals which hamper negotiations. This research suggests that resolving a territorial issue, like the N-K conflict, is not simply drawing the border between N-K and Azerbaijan, but resolving the symbolic and transcendent value of the territory which is endemic to the rivalry or historic animosity between the two nations.

3. ), Conflict Transformation (Houndmills and Basingstoke: St Martin’s Press, 1995), p. 75. Conceptual Framework 27 The bulk of conflict theory regards the issues, actors and interests as given and on that basis make efforts to find a solution to militate or eliminate contradictions between them. Yet, the issues, actors and interests change over time as a consequence of the social, economic and political dynamics of societies. Even if we deal with non-structural aspects of conflicts, such as actor preferences, the assumption of stability, usually make in the game-theoretic approach to conflict studies, is unwarranted.

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