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Nir Eisikovits, Sympathizing with the Enemy: Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, Negotiation (Pb)

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by Nir Eisikovits
Suffolk University, Boston, USA


ISBN 978-90-8979-018-7 paperback

List price EURO 39 / US$ 49

International Negotiation Series, 8 (International Studies Library, 17)

About this book

Since the demise of the Soviet Union, and, to a greater degree, after the collapse of apartheid in South Africa, interest in the transition from mass atrocity has swelled. Surprisingly, this upsurge produced few systematic philosophical discussions of the notion of ‘reconciliation’. The term is employed as if its meaning were obvious. Like ‘terrorism’ or ‘patriotism’, ‘reconciliation’ has become one of those terms, which is easy to use but harder to explain. This book provides a theory of political reconciliation. Its argument is that what Adam Smith called ‘sympathy’, the ability to view the world from another's perspective, offers a promising framework for thinking about reconciliation - more promising than accounts focusing on forgiveness, forgetting or mutual recognition. The book also suggests that the notion of sympathy is essential for evaluating transitional policies such as truth commissions and war crime tribunals.

"Eisikovits does what not many others can do. He moves from philosophical exploration to public policy to practical guidance with the greatest of ease. In his analysis of peace processes, when they succeed and why they fail, he draws case studies from a broad range of situations spicing these evocative histories with hypothetical examples that so well illustrate as well as amuse. In brief, Eisikovits is presenting a book that will remain a classic as long as the classics upon which he bases his original arguments have inspired thought. His friendly, unpretentious tone, the leadership that he offers through a maze of complicated issues ensures that this book will be a standard textbook in so many popular courses in political science, international affairs, conflict resolution and many other popular fields. But it will also be on the desks and prominent in the libraries of statesman and diplomats who have to structure decision making processes of different complexities."

Hillel Levine, President, International Center for Conciliation and Professor of Religion, Boston University

Table of Contents

Chapter 1  Defining Reconciliation
Chapter 2  Objections
Chapter 3  Becoming Sympathetic
Chapter 4  Sympathy And Transitional Justice (I):
War Crime Trials
Chapter 5  Sympathy And Transitional Justice (II):
Truth Commissions
Chapter 6  Implications For Negotiation And Conflict Resolution:
Theory And Practice

 About the Author(s)/Editor(s)

Nir Eisikovits, Ph.D (2005) in Philosophy, Boston University, is Assistant Professor of legal and Political Philosophy at Suffolk University in Boston, where he directs the Program in Ethics and Public Policy. He has published on transitional justice and the aftermath of war in scholarly journals and in the popular press.

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 24 November, 2009.
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International Negotiation Series

Edited by
Daniel Druckman, George Mason University, University of Queensland 
William Donahue, Michigan State University

Editorial Board:
Jacob Bercovitch, University of Canterbury
Guy Faure, Sorbonne University
P. Terrence Hopmann, Johns Hopkins University
Linda Putnam, University of California at Santa Barbara
Bertram Spector, Center for Negotiation Analysis
William Zartman, Johns Hopkins University.

The International Negotiation Series is a peer-reviewed book series that examines negotiation from many perspectives, explores its theoretical foundations, and promotes its practical application. The Series includes both studies of conference diplomacy as well as those where the parties may interact at a distance. The Series also considers studies of third-party processes (mediation, facilitation, good officers) that occur in conjunction with negotiation. Negotiating parties may include national, sub-national, trans-national, and non-governmental organizations.

The editors would especially be interested in receiving comparative studies where at least two cases are included in the analysis. Although authored empirical studies are preferred, the editors will also consider theoretical or synthetic (as broad reviews of the literature) treatments of the subject as well as edited volumes.

Authors/Editors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/ or full manuscripts to the series editor or to the publisher Hendrik van Leusen.

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