Environmental Cooperation as an Instrument of Conflict Resolution: The History and Criticism of the Approach

  • Šárka Waisová
Keywords: environmental cooperation, environmental peacebuilding, cooperation in conflict areas, conflict resolution, conflict transformation, history of the approach

Abstract

The text is concerned with the idea of using environmental cooperation as a conflict transformation instrument. In the first part the text introduces the history of the idea, and in the second part the text researches the theoretical and methodological problems of the approach and introduces and analyzes the main challenges the contemporary research on it faces. Nevertheless, the problems and weaknesses of the idea of using environmental cooperation as a conflict transformation instrument, which are discussed in the text, moderate the optimism that was originally connected with the approach. It seems that the transformative peacebuilding potential of environmental cooperation is at least unclear and needs further research.

Author Biography

Šárka Waisová

Born in 1978, she studied Political Science and International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University, the Department of Political Science and European Studies at Palacky University in Olomouc and the Universities of Marburg and Dresden. She works at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the Philosophical Faculty at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. She also teaches at Metropolitan University Prague. She deals mainly with issues related to security and conflict resolution in her research.

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Consultations

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