Successful Conflict Resolution between Peacekeepers and Ngos: The Role of Training and Preparation in International Peacekeeping in Bosnia

14 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2002

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Lakshmi Ramarajan

Harvard Business School

Katerina Bezrukova

Santa Clara University - Psychology Department

Karen A. Jehn

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Business School

Martin Euwema

Utrecht University - Department of Social and Organizational Psychology

Nicolien Kop

Police Academy of the Netherlands

Date Written: January 2002

Abstract

We look at the relations between two third-party actors involved in violent conflict situations: international peacekeepers and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in an ethnopolitical conflict site (i.e. Bosnia). We link the peacekeepers contact with NGOs (frequency and importance) to successful conflict resolution styles. We further link the peacekeepers choice of conflict resolution style to occurrence of problems between NGOs and peacekeepers. We also examine the moderating effects of training and perception of preparedness for the peacekeeping mission on the relationship between frequency of contacts with NGOs (cooperation with NGOs) and conflict resolution with NGOs. We develop hypotheses based on the literature on third party intervention and conflict (Jehn, 1997, Tinsley & Pillutla, 1998, Zartman, 1995, Rupesinghe, 1995, Herausberger, Calliess & Merkel 1995), cooperation and competition (Deutsch, 1973), training (Dupre, 1976, Pruegger & Rogers, 1994). We test our hypotheses on survey data from a sample of Dutch military peacekeepers on missions between 1995 and 1999 in Bosnia (N = 907). Implications for cooperation and effective intervention on that part of peacekeepers and NGOS in real conflict situations are discussed.

Keywords: NGO, peacekeeping, conflict resolution, training

Suggested Citation

Ramarajan, Lakshmi and Bezrukova, Yekaterina and Jehn, Karen A. and Euwema, Martin and Kop, Nicolien, Successful Conflict Resolution between Peacekeepers and Ngos: The Role of Training and Preparation in International Peacekeeping in Bosnia (January 2002). IACM 15th Annual Conference. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=305206 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.305206

Lakshmi Ramarajan (Contact Author)

Harvard Business School ( email )

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Yekaterina Bezrukova

Santa Clara University - Psychology Department ( email )

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050
United States

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Karen A. Jehn

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Business School ( email )

200 Leicester Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053 3186
Australia

Martin Euwema

Utrecht University - Department of Social and Organizational Psychology ( email )

P.O. Box 80.140
3508 TC Utrecht
Netherlands

Nicolien Kop

Police Academy of the Netherlands ( email )

7334 AC Apeldoorn
Netherlands

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