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On the Fault Line

Editor: Terence McNamee, Jeffrey Herbst, Greg Mills
Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

On the Fault Line

Managing tensions and divisions within societies

Jeffrey Herbst. Edited by Terence McNamee, Jeffrey Herbst, Greg Mills

Essential insight into the conflicts waiting to happen in every country

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9781847658135 (26 Jan 2012)

About the book

Societies in all countries are split by major divisions - or 'faultlines' - caused by differences in race, religion, ethnicity, wealth, class or power. Like geological faultlines, some are plainly evident, whereas others are more concealed and can erupt with little warning.

Violence along faultlines within states, from Sudan to Iraq to the Congo, is the spark of much contemporary conflict. It has cost millions of lives in the past twenty years alone. In extreme cases, this violence threatens to tear states apart. Yet some countries such as Canada, South Africa and Northern Ireland, have largely succeeded in managing their faultlines.

On the Faultline is based on a unique year-long project by some of the world's leading experts to examine the nature of conflict around these divisions. In a world facing acute environmental, migration and resource challenges that can only exacerbate differences, it is an essential guide to understanding a phenomenon that all countries must grapple with in the 21st century.

About the author

Dr Jeffrey Herbst is the President of Colgate University and an accomplished scholar of international politics. Dr Greg Mills is Director of the Brenthurst Foundation and one of South Africa's most respected security and development experts. His most recent book is Why Africa is Poor (Penguin). Dr Terence McNamee is Deputy-Director of the Brenthurst Foundation and writer and historian of the acclaimed photographic histories Century and Decade (Phaidon).


This may become the seminal work on a problem that threatens to destabilise important areas around the globe

- Henry Kissinger

An imperative read as we strive to learn from our mistakes and the experiences of others.

- Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya

As the impact of racial segregation and discrimination dissipates in South Africa, my country faces fresh challenges, including stark divisions in wealth and access to it. On the Fault Line is invaluable in guiding us through not only the management of such distinctions, but their eventual resolution.

- F. W. de Klerk, Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of South Africa

This important book is an invaluable contribution to a debate which will shape politics and security in the 21st century.

- Sir Kieran Prendergast, former Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at the United Nations

This remarkable compendium is an invaluable guide for governments and civil society on the art of managing tensions and divisions among peoples without resort to violence.

- Alfredo Cristiani, President of El Salvador, 1989–94

Additional Information

Editor: Terence McNamee, Jeffrey Herbst, Greg Mills
Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics