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In the late 1990s, several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused world attention on the issue of conflict diamonds which funded wars, massive death, and refugee crises across Central and West Africa. Several governments, NGOs, and key industry players engaged in negotiations under the so-called Kimberley Process (KP). A voluntary global agreement came into effect l In the late 1990s, several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused world attention on the issue of conflict diamonds which funded wars, massive death, and refugee crises across Central and West Africa. Several governments, NGOs, and key industry players engaged in negotiations under the so-called Kimberley Process (KP). A voluntary global agreement came into effect leading to a substantial decline in illicit diamond trade. Despite its importance in international affairs, the KP remains understudied in academia. Franziska Bieri's book provides the first comprehensive account of the KP and is the first to reveal how NGOs have become critical actors in their own right, possessing the ability to directly influence policies and to participate in the decision making and the implementation of global agreements. In developing this argument, Bieri explains: why the NGO campaign to raise awareness was successful; why a rapid and comprehensive resolution on such a complex global problem was possible; how the tripartite negotiations between states, NGOs, and industry developed during the implementation of the agreement, which is an on-going process. Based on extensive personal interviews with prominent campaigners, leading bureaucrats, and industry officials, hundreds of KP publications, official UN documents, industry news, and NGO reports, this timely book allows for a much needed engagement in contemporary debates about the campaign against conflict diamonds, the Kimberley Process, and the themes defining today's global governance arena.


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In the late 1990s, several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused world attention on the issue of conflict diamonds which funded wars, massive death, and refugee crises across Central and West Africa. Several governments, NGOs, and key industry players engaged in negotiations under the so-called Kimberley Process (KP). A voluntary global agreement came into effect l In the late 1990s, several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused world attention on the issue of conflict diamonds which funded wars, massive death, and refugee crises across Central and West Africa. Several governments, NGOs, and key industry players engaged in negotiations under the so-called Kimberley Process (KP). A voluntary global agreement came into effect leading to a substantial decline in illicit diamond trade. Despite its importance in international affairs, the KP remains understudied in academia. Franziska Bieri's book provides the first comprehensive account of the KP and is the first to reveal how NGOs have become critical actors in their own right, possessing the ability to directly influence policies and to participate in the decision making and the implementation of global agreements. In developing this argument, Bieri explains: why the NGO campaign to raise awareness was successful; why a rapid and comprehensive resolution on such a complex global problem was possible; how the tripartite negotiations between states, NGOs, and industry developed during the implementation of the agreement, which is an on-going process. Based on extensive personal interviews with prominent campaigners, leading bureaucrats, and industry officials, hundreds of KP publications, official UN documents, industry news, and NGO reports, this timely book allows for a much needed engagement in contemporary debates about the campaign against conflict diamonds, the Kimberley Process, and the themes defining today's global governance arena.

16 review for From Blood Diamonds to the Kimberley Process: How NGOs Cleaned Up the Global Diamond Industry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Antti Salovaara

    Good insight on global governance processes, yet not an easy or inspiring book, despite the relatively short length. Bieri's book is based on her dissertation and is written more as a study, instead of a popular work on the subject. From Blood Diamonds gives a good view on one of the more successful tripartite processes between states, NGOs and industry representatives. The thorough presentation of the Kimberley process (KP) is followed from documents and interviews with some of the key players Good insight on global governance processes, yet not an easy or inspiring book, despite the relatively short length. Bieri's book is based on her dissertation and is written more as a study, instead of a popular work on the subject. From Blood Diamonds gives a good view on one of the more successful tripartite processes between states, NGOs and industry representatives. The thorough presentation of the Kimberley process (KP) is followed from documents and interviews with some of the key players in the process. Instead of just documenting how the KP came to be, Bieri also follows what actually happened during the implementation stage. This is important since, after all, an agreement is a good one only if it actually achieves in changing what it sought to change. The book is not long but ends up making some of the main points over and over again, without actually supporting the argument much further. The study - at least the way it's presented in the book - would benefit from presenting some hard data. Now, there's very little theory and most of the information comes from the same industry and NGO representatives. This works well enough for painting a coherent picture of the KP but doesn't convince the reader that this is how, and why, all of these things happened the way they did. All in all, From Blood Diamonds is a useful read but staying focused on the book sometimes took a lot of effort.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John Kizildag

    The Diamond Industry detailed a multi-billion dollar a year market for the precious stone used in jewelry, engagements, and industrial cutting. Although this trade appears elegant and glamorous, it's riddled with corruption, death, and one ultra-powerful company that runs it all. The diamond industry's controller, the De Beers Mining Company has a history of being corrupt, powerful propaganda, and fixing prices. This book was a very interesting read and showed how advertisements created massive The Diamond Industry detailed a multi-billion dollar a year market for the precious stone used in jewelry, engagements, and industrial cutting. Although this trade appears elegant and glamorous, it's riddled with corruption, death, and one ultra-powerful company that runs it all. The diamond industry's controller, the De Beers Mining Company has a history of being corrupt, powerful propaganda, and fixing prices. This book was a very interesting read and showed how advertisements created massive markets for diamonds in areas that previously had none. Also, it talked about the monopoly that is unstoppable, despite the efforts of several different groups and regulations. This book is an intriguing look into a trade that delves deeper into corruption than any other.

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