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NCJ Number: 98958 Find in a Library
Title: US Institute of Peace - A Federal Commitment to Dispute Resolution
Journal: Negotiation Journal  Volume:1  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1985)  Pages:181-192
Author(s): J H Laue
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 12
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the development of the concept of the U.S. Institute of Peace, its legislative history and present status, the nature and extent of the drive to establish the institute, and the implications of the institute for the field of dispute resolution.
Abstract: Title XVII of the Department of Defense Authorization Act authorizes the Institute of Peace to support research and other efforts addressing the causes of international conflict and focusing on peacemaking theories and experiences. Other institute functions are the promotion of peace education programs, training, establishment of a clearinghouse on peacemaking, and public outreach through contracts with a wide range of public and private institutions. The institute's substantive focus is on theories, strategies, and techniques of negotiation, mediation, conciliation, and arbitration as applied to the prevention and resolution of international conflicts. Legislation establishing the institute resulted from an 8-year campaign involving researchers, practicing mediators, and others. Possible scenarios for the institute's influence on the dispute-resolution field are (1) a weak or coopted institute, (2) a strong peace institute, and (3) a subverted peace institute. Beginning efforts indicate the institute will probably be strong. Four notes are provided; a chart shows the legislative history of the institute.
Index Term(s): Information dissemination; International dispute settlement; Mediation; Mediation training; Negotiation; Research and development; US Institute of Peace
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