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Toward Ethically Grounded Conflict Interventions: Reevaluating Challenges in the 21st Century

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This article explores the dimensions of ethics and accountability among conflict interveners, proposing an ethical framework that builds upon human rights and moral development. The framework consists of three ethical principles: inherent worth and dignity of individuals; community-defined common good; and authentic relationships. To apply these principles, the authors identify two embedded circles of accountability, which derive from the central parties in an intervention: the intervener and the participant. Dividing these groups into ``sending'' and ``receiving'' communities, this article reviews dimensions of accountability within the process of intervention that are related to each of the ethical principles. In operationalizing these principles, the authors suggest possible ethical responses to the challenges of intervention.

Affiliations: 1: Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G6, Canada (E-mail:; 2: School of International Service, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016 USA (E-mail:; 3: Conflict Transformation Program, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 USA (E-mail:


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