Innovative Diplomacy Strives to Resolve Conflicts Reply

When diplomats are unable to end or prevent conflict, other parties may take the initiative, launching cross-border sports or cultural exchanges. In a five-part series, Samantha Adler analyzes informal and unusual types of diplomacy to see which hold the most promise. 

The separation barrier between Israel and the West Bank, near Jenin, under construction in 2005. Photo by Barbara Borst

The separation barrier between Israel and the West Bank, near Jenin, under construction in 2005. Photo by Barbara Borst

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Guatemala: Calling on the International Community Reply

Guatemala has asked the United Nations twice for assistance in establishing peace and justice. Barbara Borst reports in the second of four articles on Guatemala.

At Santo Tomas, a Catholic church built atop a Maya altar in Chichicastenango, worshipers use symbols of both cultures.  Photo by Barbara Borst

At Santo Tomas, a Catholic church built atop a Maya altar in Chichicastenango, worshipers use symbols of both cultures.
Photo by Barbara Borst

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Northern Ireland: Back with a future? Reply

This Fall, US Ambassador Richard Haass is back working in Belfast.  It’s a familiar desk for one of the US’s most experienced mediators to get his feet under.  Yet, he recently admitted many in the United States were puzzled as to why he was returning to Northern Ireland.  Aren’t those problems over they asked?Jane McClenahan looks at why he’s there.

Ambassador Richard Haass. Courtesy of CFR

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