Asymmetric war and asymmetric peace: Real realities and media realities in the middle east and the western balkans

Dov Shinar, Vladimir Bratic

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Abstract

The cases of the Western Balkans and Israel-Palestine are used to explore symmetry and asymmetry, and the role of mass media, in conflict and peacemaking. Introductory sections include an "anatomic" discussion of structural, cultural, and psychological dimensions of asymmetry, and a "diagnostic" characterization of symmetries and asymmetries in war and peace. The core section is a "therapeutic" discussion about media roles and their implications for peacemaking in asymmetric conflicts. Examples illustrate structural, cultural and psychological constraints that affect symmetries and asymmetries, such as socioeconomic and integrative resources as well as narratives, images, and perceptions. The discussion argues that peace agreements where asymmetric conflict is changed into a relatively symmetric peace treaty, such as in Northern Ireland, might be more successful than peace agreements that perpetuate asymmetries built into conflicts, such as Oslo, Dayton, and Rambouillet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-142
Number of pages18
JournalDynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward Terrorism and Genocide
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Asymmetric conflict
  • Ethnopolitical conflict
  • Globalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law

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