Peace groups and social organizations, on both local and international levels, have important and effective roles to play in the process of peace resolution. However, political efforts alone are not sufficient in dealing with multiple causes of conflict.
Globalization and the rapid progress in communications, have caused a shrinking of international boundaries, bringing the nations of the world closer together than ever before. The impact of an event, in any part of the world, is bound to set forth its contagious ripples across those ever shrinking boundaries, and in significant measures, through myriad channels of communication.
Due in part to this phenomenon, there has become an interdependency between the developing and advanced nations of the world. The direct or indirect influence of the dynamics of a changing world order will be felt, depending on the extent and mode of interrelationships under given circumstances. “One finds this relevant reality, in scanning the dynamism of the global political and socio-economic scenario,” Nepali journalist IK Pradhan said recently.
Most assuredly, the role of political pressure groups and the international community is crucial in peace resolution and plays a vital role in the overall process. However, a lack of insufficient attention paid towards critical factors and causes during the early stages of conflict, such as economic disparity and lack of democratic institutions, may only exacerbate tensions which lead to violence.
Once violence is allowed to become a means of addressing such internal political strife, the ability to resolve the conflict becomes far more complex.
Pradhan further added, “In the light of goodwill attitude of the international community, any friendly country of the world may express its opinion concerning the welfare of the people. What is required of that, one should have the agility and clear perception to understand well, the issues bearing relevance to the implacability of time-demanded diplomacy in the larger interest of the nation. It necessitates on the part of one, to remain stable without being pushed off the track by sheer political sentimentalism. One should neither prostrate under the overwhelming influence of being subservient to external interest, at the cost of the people of the country. This is exactly the subservient policy, adopted by the morally rusted, double standard politicians, who have betrayed public aspiration again and again.”
Furthermore, “we are unable to make the appropriate initiation toward establishing a durable foundation in which to sustain a permanent peace within a country, due to mutual discourse and consensus. Meaningful, goodwill attitude shown by the well wishing countries in this respect may be seen, from the point of view of essential practical diplomacy. Stress must be laid on the question of bringing about developmental progress through peaceful measures and stability. This alone will enable one to solve the country’s problems for the benefit of everyone.”
Without question, the international community can play a complementary role. They must demonstrate a strong commitment to moving beyond analysis and to a deeper understanding, undertaking concrete actions in their respective sectors.