Kennesaw State University’s conflict management expert comments on Iraq study group recommendations

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Dec. 8‚ 2006) “Regarding Iraq‚ the approach since 9/11 has been to put out the…

Georgia (Dec 8, 2006) — Kennesaw State University’s conflict management expert comments on Iraq study group recommendations

Stacey Moore

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Bush’s Iraq approach has been to put out fire without fire prevention

Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Dec. 8‚ 2006) “Regarding Iraq‚ the approach since 9/11 has been to put out the fire‚ without enough attention to fire prevention” said Susan Raines‚ assistant director of the Center for Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University. “The administration also will have to address the bigger picture – what is going on with Israel and Palestine. While working toward peace in the Middle East – not just progress in Iraq – it should be a multi−party effort which could include Iran‚ Syria and others in order to achieve true conflict resolution on all fronts‚” she said.

Raines’ comments respond to a Dec. 7 article in USA Today reporting that a member of the study committee cited Bush “needs to move from conflict management to conflict resolution” with regard to the administration’s Iraqi war strategy.

According to the USA Today article‚ study commission member Edward Djerejian‚ a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria who helped draft much of the commission’s report‚ said‚ “The Bush administration has to move from ‘conflict management to conflict resolution throughout the Middle East if its Iraq policies will have a chance to work.”

Raines‚ and internationally recognized expert in conflict management‚ explains the differences between conflict management and conflict resolution. “There are shades of gray when it comes to ‘conflict management’ and ‘conflict resolution‚’” she said. “Conflict resolution addresses the root cause of the long−term intractable conflict‚ while conflict management typically acknowledges that conflict will inevitably arise‚ and systems should be created to handle ongoing conflict. In this case‚ the whole idea is to move towards conflict resolution that addresses the roots of the problem.”

Raines’ research expertise includes alternative dispute resolution in multi−party governmental conflicts. Recently named editor of Conflict Resolution Quarterly‚ Raines holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Indiana University.

The mission of the Center for Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University is both educational and service−oriented. The center works with the Political Science and International Affairs department to support academic programs related to dispute resolution and conflict management. In addition‚ the center collaborates with university system partners‚ government entities‚ and corporations to develop conflict management initiatives in many environments. For more information‚ visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/conflict.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.


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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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