Improbable Dangers: U.S. Conceptions of Threat in the Cold by Robert H. Johnson

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It was this niche that peace committees, and the process they facilitated, sought to fill. The key process features of the Zwelethemba model are as follows. Disputants bring a dispute to a peace committee. The committee, after consulting with the disputants, convenes a gathering to which persons thought to be able to contribute to a forward-focused outcome are invited. At gatherings each disputant tells his or her side of the story to inform those at the gathering of the nature of the issues. No attempt is made to arrive at a single accepted account.

In the development of the model the issue of sustainability—that is, continuing to motivate persons to give up their time to participate—proved difficult. This was particularly so for the committee members, as they did not have a stake in the particular dispute and yet had to facilitate the dispute resolution process. ” This sentiment and the pressures associated with it prompted a relatively high turnover of committee members. The payment system outlined above was developed, in part, to reduce member turnover.

Within the Zwelethemba context, without a functional equivalent of a dedicated staff, it was much more 16 Security Governance, Policing, and Local Capacity difficult to hold the discussions and to apply the solutions that were developed. Interestingly, if we jump forward to the middle of the first decade of the twenty-first century, and turn our attention to a Nexus Project that Shearing and other colleagues developed with the Victoria Police in Melbourne, Australia, we see that it is possible for a motivated police organization to fulfill a similar role within communities (Shearing & Marks, 2011; Wood, Fleming, & Marks, 2008).

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