A sociologist at Syracuse University, the author has long been a student of conflict resolution. In this enterprising and successful study he takes the Soviet-American rivalry of the postwar decades and the Arab-Israeli conflict as laboratories to examine how international conflicts can be reduced. This leads to the identification of steps toward deescalation-ways to initiate negotiations, choose issues and reach implicit as well as explicit agreements. The role of inducements is discussed, as is the creation of "ripeness" for settlement. Conflict termination is correctly seen as an elaborate and subtle process in which the wider environment of international politics often has a determining influence. This is a significant contribution to scholarship.
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