Recent theory on civil wars urges people to think of the conflict as a highly fluid situation. Peacemaking efforts are often closely intertwined with preventive diplomacy , peacekeeping , and peacebuilding . Because of this, the diplomats and soldiers involved in these missions must maintain high levels of communication in order to ensure common goals and shared information. Peacemaking in the post-Cold War era occurs most often within states where battles lines are not clearly drawn and the strategic situation fluctuates frequently. Peacemaking in this context is but one tool to use in violent conflicts. By itself, it is insufficient to deal with intractable conflicts.