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International Conflict Resolution: Role of UN and OIC

Book Reviews

'War is a constant of human history. Only its nature changes, i.e., from Limited Wars to Total Wars and then onto Low Intensity Conflicts Various theories and reasons are offered like “Clash of Civilisations”; simultaneously, efforts are at hand to limit, if not totally eliminate, the causes of conflicts. League of Nations and now the UN is striving hard at it. The book comprehensively addresses this important issue being faced by the world, especially the Muslims. The role of the OIC and the participation of armed forces from the Muslim World in UN Peacekeeping Missions are well covered. It makes an interesting reading, especially for those who want to have a different perspective of Conflict Management.'

Lt Gen (R) Tahir M. Qazi
Former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Malaysia


'Dr Shahid Ahmad Hashmat is a retired Major General of the Pakistan Army. Besides serving on various command, staff and instructional assignments, he commanded a Pakistan Army contingent as a part of UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti. He also served as Military Planning Officer and Officer In-charge Generic Planning Unit at the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations Secretariat, New York. He holds Masters in Military Sciences, War Studies and International Relations and a PhD in International Relations. He has contributed many articles on national security and international conflict resolution to prestigious journals. Presently, he is working as Principal and Dean at NUST Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies at National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad.

'A unique contribution to our understanding of the politics of international conflicts and cooperation, and succinct review of the role of the UN in this regard. Dr Shahid Hashmat’s research also offers a valuable tool of understanding the nature, functioning and weaknesses of the OIC and recommendations for further improvement of the Organization.'

Dr Lutfullah Mangi
Pro Vice Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif University (Shikarpur Campus)
Former Head of Department of International Relations & Director Area Study Centre Far East and South East Asia, University of Sindh


'This work of Dr Shahid Hashmat is a very constructive attempt to fill a grave knowledge gap, in the field of conflict resolution and international relations, by shedding light on the functions and limitations of the OIC as a collective mechanism for conflict resolution. It presents a comprehensive review of the field of conflict resolution, the OIC and other relevant issues. In particular, Chapters 5, 6 and 7 serve as key contributions to the academic field, exploring issues that have not received adequate attention from other scholars and practitioners of conflict resolution. Hence, the book, which is based on Dr Hashmat’s PhD dissertation, which I had the privilege to evaluate as External Examiner, is considered a good addition to the body of existing knowledge on “International Conflict Resolution.” '

Dr Yuji Uesugi
Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University, Japan


'A significant contribution to examine in depth the dynamics of conflict resolution in the context of the uphill task of global peace and stability undertaken by the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the historical, current and future perspectives. Indeed, the author has made a valuable effort to critically evaluate the role of two major international organizations and has given useful recommendations to improve their functioning in the realm of peace making and peace-keeping.'

Dr Moonis Ahmar
Meritorious Professor & Dean Faculty of Arts, University of Karachi