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By Michael G. Schechter

The goal of this quantity is to debate the categories of multilateralism that might be required to pursue a number of the replacement initiatives of society, particularly these which consider many of the key normative commitments of the MUNS programme: non-violent capacity for facing clash; social fairness; defense of the biosphere; diffusion of energy between social teams and societies. The options pointed out listed here are either 'top-down', ie: counting on traditional overseas associations and 'bottom-up', ie: related to a brand new multilateralism grounded in civil society.

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9 The rebel is not strong enough to overthrow the state and the state is not strong enough to crush the rebel. l0 IRA hunger strikers, the suicide bombers of Ramas and the Tamil Tigers are all caught in the same trap - which produces no solutions to the conflict and an intensification of resistance on the opposing side. Kumar Rupesinghe 23 This imbalance in power relations is itself a barrier to reaching a point of negotiation. Often the state enters dialogue only as a means of pursuing war by other means.

Bureaucracies in the donor countries are not geared to the needs of the recipients, and as decision makers are only indirectly linked to the victims, there is little accountability regarding the efficiency and effectiveness of the response. Amongst members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation Kumar Rupesinghe 29 and Development, the need for a division of labour and cooperation between donors and embassies within the region of conflict as part of an early warning system is increasingly acknowledged.

16 TOWARDS AN EXPANDED FRAMEWORK FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION How can a state-based organization playa meaningful role in the internal conflicts of its member states? The UN is criticized as an unwieldy and increasingly flawed instrument for solving these issues. The agenda has been further altered by NGOs which are now taking over a large number of roles that were previously the preserve of the UN, particularly in the field of humanitarian action, development programs and the monitoring of human rights.

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