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NCJ Number: 199985 Find in a Library
Title: Cross-Cultural Considerations in Complex Peace Operations
Journal: Negotiation Journal  Volume:19  Issue:1  Dated:January 2003  Pages:29-49
Author(s): Robert A. Rubinstein
Date Published: January 2003
Page Count: 21
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the potential for misunderstandings during peace operations due to differences in organizational and national cultures.
Abstract: During peace negotiations, many diverse actors become involved, such as military officers, nongovernmental organizations, international civil servants, and individual citizens. As such, the potential for misunderstandings and differences in operational protocol is high. In order to facilitate peace negotiations in a climate of diverse cultures, it is necessary to develop a general approach to culture and peacekeeping. The author outlines a proposal for thinking of culture as a model for understanding and action. Since it may be impossible to understand each and every unique organizational, national, and regional culture it becomes imperative to understand culture as a tool to respond to unique and new situations. The author outlines manifestations of cultural models that help explain how culture plays out in everyday interactions. Thinking and reasoning styles, verbal styles, context, uncertainty and ambiguity, and power and social relations are explained as diverse cultural manifestations. Next, the author explains how cultural differences between military personnel and civilian populations may create conflicts during peace operations. Finally, the author offers eight general principles that should guide individuals attempting to transcend cultural differences in order to reach a stated goal. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Cross-cultural analyses; Cross-cultural training; Cultural influences; Negotiation
Index Term(s): Civil liberties organizations; Foreign organizations; International organizations; Nonprofit organizations; Social organization; Socioculture
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