The Micro-Sociology of Peace Diplomacy
Presentation av Isabel Bramsen, biträdande lektor, Lunds universitet
The chapter introduces the micro-sociological lenses to the study of peace talks, mediation and diplomacy showing how interactional dynamics shape the process and outcome of diplomatic engagements as well as how micro-sociological insights can inform how diplomatic meetings are designed and facilitated. On the basis of video-data, participant observations and interviews with diplomats and negotiators, the chapter discusses whether and how face-to-face diplomacy transform relations between conflicting parties. While friendly interaction potentially can generate and strengthen social bonds between the involved parties, many peace negotiations and diplomatic exchanges do not take place between the leaders of respective groups or countries but between their representatives and hence, the friendly relations potentially emerging between the representatives may not change the overall relations. Finally, the chapter analyses the importance of face-to-face diplomacy vis-à-vis virtual diplomacy in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis with particular focus on Syria and Yemen.
Isabel Bramsen (PhD) is Associate Senior Lecturer at Lund University, Department of Political Science and postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC), University of Copenhagen. Her research focuses on micro-sociological dynamics of violence, conflict, diplomacy and peace in various contexts, in particular Bahrain, Tunisia, Syria, the Philippines, Northern Ireland and Colombia. She is the co-other of, International Konfliktløsning (Samfundslitteratur 2016) and co-editor of the anthology, Addressing International Conflict: Dynamics of Escalation, Continuation and Transformation (Routledge 2019). Bramsen is member of Nordic Women Mediators Denmark and the Council for International Conflict Resolution (RIKO) and has co-founded and lead the Master’s program “Specialization in International Relations and Conflict Resolution” at University of Copenhagen.