Methods Employed to Settle Conflicts
The greatest honor history can bestow, President Nixon declared in his inaugural address, is “the title of peacemaker.” Aspiring to earn that title, the President announced the method he intended to use in aiming to make peace. “After a period of confrontation,” he said, “we are entering an era of negotiation.”
The type of confrontation to which the President referred was that among nations, as in the Viet Nam war, and the negotiation he envisaged likewise would involve the representatives of nations, as in the current Paris peace talks. Negotiation, however, represents only one of an array of techniques, old and new, for resolving a wide variety of conflicts. These techniques, skillfully applied, can have a beneficial effect not only on ...