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March 22 , 2011

Mediation in the Asia-Pacific Region

Transforming Conflicts and Building Peace


This book examines mediation in connection with peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific region, providing practical examples which either highlight the weaknesses within certain mediation approaches or demonstrate best-practice.

The authors explore the extent to which current ideas and practices of mediation in the Asia-Pacific region are dominated by Western understandings and critically challenge the appropriateness of such thinking. Featuring a range of case studies on Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, this book has three main aims:

  • To challenge dominant Western practices and ways of thinking on mediation that currently are being imposed in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • To develop culturally-fluent and socially just mediation alternatives that build upon local, traditional or religious approaches;
  • To situate mediation within ideas and practices on peacebuilding.

Making a unique contribution to peace and conflict studies literature by explicitly linking mediation and peacebuilding practices, this book is a vital text for students and scholars in these fields.

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