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I have attempted to understand their views in terms of their own goals, motivations, agendas; that is, to ascertain what they themselves meant with their views and actions, in order to get at their “insider” understanding. Then When I thought I knew what the negotiators meant, I took that information and compared it to corresponding, theory-based, “outsider” knowledge (“action meaning”) or explanation of the same subject matter. In other words, complementing my survey of relevant literature on peace and security in the postmodern world, I have interviewed senior negotiators involved in the “Helsinki Process”: initially the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), subsequently reframed as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Qxd 22/11/06 5:58 PM Page 3 Violent postmodern conflict 3 assuming that the act has for them the meaning it would have for us if we were to perform it” [emphasis added] (Kaplan, 1964, p. 142). ). So, translating this complex epistemology into terms appropriate for the study reported here: 1 2 3 I have interviewed senior CSCE/OSCE negotiators at four points in time over an 11-year period to elicit their views of issues (“act meaning”) associated with violent conflict in the postmodern world. I have attempted to understand their views in terms of their own goals, motivations, agendas; that is, to ascertain what they themselves meant with their views and actions, in order to get at their “insider” understanding.

As Leatherman and Väyrynen (1995, p. 54) frame the problem, there is a gap, not only between academics and national foreign policy-makers, but also between academics and international civil servants, diplomats and other international policy-makers [such as CSCE/OSCE negotiators] involved in multilateral decision-making. Why this particular effort, especially given the burgeoning number of publications on postmodern warfare? qxd 4 22/11/06 5:58 PM Page 4 Violent postmodern conflict Jean-Jacques Rousseau commented that “Wars occur because there is nothing to prevent them” (cited in Waltz, 1959, p.

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