Middle Eastern Approach To Conflict Resolution

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b) Unity of the family, village, and region; c) Focusing the reintroduction of the constant relationship; d) The focus on religious norms like respect of elders and tolerance; e) The value of the universal norms of dignity and forgiveness; f) The performance of public pressure and face- problems as wrong incentives; g) The focus on the Islamic values, messages, and norms. According to the Islamic belief (the dominant religion in the Middle East), the unity of “Ummah” is a fundamental value. This implies the importance to preserve the social harmony and the continuance of the relationship between the disputant parties. Therefore, the Middle Eastern approach to conflict resolution places more emphasis on the renovation of broken links between…show more content…
Therefore, Western prospective has dominated the field of conflict resolution and Western mechanisms of conflict resolution were perceived to be universal and could easily be transported to other societies. However, they sometimes proved to be unsuccessful. Despite the fact that conflict is a natural phenomenon and the nature of issues and the approaches of resolving conflict vary from one culture to another. Interveners can propose more effective strategies if they are aware of the local communities' prior processes for dealing with conflict . Moreover, unlike the previous experiences, the neoliberal political and economic models influenced contemporary conflict resolution methods. These models had been designed within a standardised formula that ranges from conflict prevention to post-conflict peace building, with mixed outcomes when applied to Middle astern contexts. The problem here was that the Western approaches often overlooked the local contexts of Middle Eastern conflicts, and as such often missed the options for different perspectives in conflict resolution. Understanding the local communities’ culture is very crucial when handling the issue of conflict resolution. This is particularly true when external interveners,…show more content…
The Middle Eastern context provides a clear illustration how crucial is the cultural factor in conflict resolution. The current international efforts to resolve conflict in the Middle East is dominated by Western approach that constitute high-level diplomacy, which concentrated more on promoting dialogue between the leaders of the warring parties, assuming that they are the legitimate representatives of the people. The problem here was that the Western approaches often overlooked the local contexts of Middle Eastern conflicts, and as such often missed the options for different perspectives in conflict resolution. The evidence of Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Egyptian contracts is not supporting as far as the transformative power of reconciliation is concerned. In these situations, peace resulted from economic enticement and military persuasion . At the recognised grassroots position, peace is considered as a deal enforced through an external intervener’s requirement to support the world whose values and cultures are profound except by an orientalist view. Finally, they failed to focus the fundamental motives of conflict and left in place the seeds of next issues. The contemporary international efforts to resolve conflict in the Middle East showed a lack of interface between the Western and Middle Eastern systems of settling issues. The performance of every system can motivate the expansion and development of the conflict resolution

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