Since World War II, the international community has tried to insulate, limit, and resolve local conflicts. The generally poor success record has led some to conclude that multilateral organizations have failed in dealing with international conflicts, while others have argued that governments have not used these organizations effectively. Not enough thought, however, has been given to the contributions that can be made to conflict management and resolution through the use of diplomatic, political, military, and economic intervention by multilateral organizations, by unilateral action of national states, and by efforts of states acting in informal concert. This book evaluates the means that have been used to influence the course of six recent disputes, considering the costs and benefits in each case. In a broader context, it examines the relationship of local conflict to international security and considers the dilemma of providing security to small states without compromising their independence. Finally, it assesses the extent to which local wars tend to escalate and threaten the global security system.

chapter |10 pages


ByMichael W. Doyle

part Part One|43 pages

Domestic Conflicts

chapter I|18 pages

Conflict in Chad

ByI. William Zartman

chapter II|23 pages

Civil Conflict in Lebanon

ByArthur R. Day

part Part Two|41 pages

Interstate Conflicts

chapter III|17 pages

The Iran-Iraq War

ByBarry Rubin

part Part Three|75 pages

Superpower Involvement

chapter V|24 pages

Afghanistan 1984: Crisis After Crisis, Internal and External

ByLouis Dupree

chapter VI|29 pages

Grenada—An International Crisis in Multilateral Security

ByMichael W. Doyle

chapter |20 pages

Conclusions: A Mix of Means

ByArthur R. Day