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Managing Intercollective Conflict

Prevailing Structures & Global Challenges

by Anna J. Borgeryd

03/26/1999

How does the state system measure up to today's realitites when it comes to managing conflict? To what extent are efforts to manage conflict successful, and for whom? Prevailing structures designed to deal with conflict between collectives -- sovereign states supported by militaries, military industry, and the United Nations -- operate mainly on principles that are hundreds of years old. Conditions for conflict and its management have changed radically since this state system was constructed. There is a risk that institutional inertia produces growing disparity between real-world problems and the institutions that are supposed to manage them. Realism and legalism are found to form a double idological support for the state system. The study compares the state system's realist a...