On the Fault Line

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-03-20
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
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Societies in all countries are split by major divisions – or ‘faultlines’ – caused by differences in race, religion, ethnicity, wealth, class or power. Like geological faultlines, some are plainly evident, whereas others are more concealed and can erupt with little warning. Violence along faultlines within states, from Sudan to Iraq to the Congo, is the spark of much contemporary conflict. It has cost millions of lives in the past twenty years alone. In extreme cases, this violence threatens to tear states apart. Yet some countries such as Canada, South Africa and Northern Ireland, have largely succeeded in managing their faultlines. On the Faultline is based on a unique year-long project by some of the world’s leading experts to examine the nature of conflict around these divisions. In a world facing acute environmental, migration and resource challenges that can only exacerbate differences, it is an essential guide to understanding a phenomenon that all countries must grapple with in the 21st century.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Managing Fault Lines in the Twenty-first Centuryp. 1
The Consequences of Failurep. 17
Boundaries and Bargains: Managing Nigeria's Fractious Societyp. 19
The Democratic Republic of Congo: Fault Lines and Local Fissuresp. 33
Overcoming the Past: War and Peace in Sudan and South Sudanp. 45
Somalia and Somaliland: State Building amid the Ruinsp. 69
Peace through Politicsp. 89
From Bombs to Ballots: The Rise of Politics in Northern Irelandp. 91
Indonesia: Long Roads to Reconciliationp. 104
Managing the Two Solitudes: Lessons from Canadap. 120
A Fine Balancep. 135
Ethiopia: the Perils of Reformp. 137
Ethnic Fractionalisation and the Propensity for Conflict in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzaniap. 150
From Districts Six to Nine: Managing South Africa's Many Fault Linesp. 170
Transition and Divergence in the Middle Eastp. 187
Out of the Ashes: Progress in Iraq 2003-11p. 189
Iran: Foundering under the Weight of Its Own Contradictionsp. 202
Israel, Jordan and Palestine: Linked Fates, Hard Realitiesp. 216
Conclusionp. 229
Notes and Further Readingp. 237
Author Biographiesp. 269
Indexp. 273
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