Identifying Effective Elements of Unusual Diplomacy Reply

Samantha Adler analyzes what makes unusual forms of diplomacy effective or ineffective at reducing conflict. This is the final article in a series of five. 

Effectiveness of unusual diplomacy. Chart by Samantha Adler

Effectiveness of unusual diplomacy. Chart by Samantha Adler

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South Africans mediated during Burundi’s conflict Reply

In the midst of Burundi’s civil war, two Zulu leaders who had once tried to kill one another shared their experience of making peace. Samantha Adler examines their work and other efforts in the third of five articles on innovative diplomacy.  

Map of Burundi, courtesy of the United Nations

Map of Burundi, courtesy of the United Nations

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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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Adventures in Kurdistan Reply

A man in Zakho, Iraq,  wearing traditional Kurdish attire. Photos by Sara Monteabaro

A man in Zakho, Iraq, wearing traditional Kurdish attire. Photos by Sara Monteabaro

Sara Monteabaro writes:  During January 2014, I traveled to the Kurdistan region of Iraq along with five other students from New York University’s master’s in global affairs program. The trip was part of the Joint Research Seminar in Peacebuilding run by Professor Thomas Hill in conjunction with the University of Duhok in Iraq. As part of the program, each NYU student paired up with a Duhok counterpart to write a research paper on a topic related to peacebuilding in the Kurdistan region.

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