Regional approaches to conflict prevention: The effectiveness of rhetorical and diplomatic tools

Jori Breslawski, David Cunningham, Madeline Fleishman

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Abstract

Research has shown that international actors can contribute to resolving violent conflicts. In this article, we focus on conflict prevention, and argue that tools that are relatively non-invasive and rapid to deploy are effective at preventing conflict from escalating. We identify two tools that meet these criteria—rhetorical and diplomatic action, and argue that regional organizations are particularly poised to deploy these tools successfully. Drawing upon new data, we find that rhetorical and diplomatic actions deployed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are generally associated with reductions in violent events as well as fatalities in the following month.

Original languageEnglish
JournalConflict Management and Peace Science
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Keywords

  • Conflict prevention
  • ECOWAS
  • diplomacy
  • mediation
  • regional organization

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations

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