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Ripe For Resolution: Conflict and Intervention in Africa
Ripe For Resolution: Conflict and Intervention in Africa
By I. William Zartman
Oxford University Press, 1985, 260 pp

In this latest product of the Council on Foreign Relations' Africa project, Zartman fuses his sophisticated work on negotiation and conflict management with his vast knowledge of Africa to provide perceptive "guidelines for positive intervention" by outside powers in African conflicts which would manage rather than aggravate them. Four nicely wrought, hard-headed and balanced case studies on the Western Sahara, the Horn, the Shaba invasions, and Namibia stress that the causes of conflicts are primarily local, and that conflict management and possible resolution depend on the skillful perception, creation and use of "ripe moments." Useful suggestions abound for both external and African policymakers.