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Conflict Prevention: The Untapped Potential of the Business Sector

Andreas Wenger and Daniel Möckli
Conflict Prevention: The Untapped Potential of the Business Sector
ISBN: 978-1-58826-136-6
2002/233 pages/LC: 2002073984

"A powerful reminder that the public sector, NGOs, and businesses need each other.... Wenger and Möckli's study is a groundbreaking work.... An excellent survey textbook of the topic as well as a significant piece for scholars and practitioners in the field of violence prevention."—International Journal of World Peace


Despite intensive international efforts in the area of conflict prevention, there is still little agreement about how civil wars might best be averted. And, as the news regularly reminds us, the many attempts at preventive action have not been strikingly successful. The authors of Conflict Prevention offer a new perspective, arguing that such efforts could be much more effective if they incorporated the business sector.

Andreas Wenger and Daniel Möckli examine the qualities that the business sector could bring to bear in the prevention of deadly intrastate conflict. They also propose specific ways in which businesses might be engaged in prevention efforts—and show why it is in the interests of corporations to participate. Calling for a cooperative approach that involves states, international organizations, NGOs, and corporations, they demonstrate that the business sector has both the means and the motivation to ensure the long-term success of prevention efforts.


Andreas Wenger is professor of international security policy and director of the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)Zurich. His publications include Nuclear Weapons into the 21st Century, Russia's Place in Europe, and International Relations: From the Cold War to the Globalized World. Daniel Möckli is researcher at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich. He is author of Neutralität, Solidarität, Sonderfall: Die Konzeptionierung der schweizerischen Aussenpolitik der Nachkriegszeit, 1943-1947.


  • Introduction.
  • Toward a Culture of Prevention.
  • Assessing Conflict Prevention Today.
  • Bringing in the Business Sector.
  • Corporate Conflict Prevention: Paths to Engagement.
  • Conclusion: Business as a Strategic Partner in Conflict Prevention.