U.S. Institute of Peace Press

BUILDING PEACE
Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies


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978-1-878379-73-3


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978-1-878379-74-0
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USIP Press Books
February 1998
208 pp. , 6" x 9"

A major work from a seminal figure in the field of conflict resolution, Building Peace is John Paul Lederach's definitive statement on peacebuilding. Marrying wisdom, insight, and passion, Lederach explains why we need to move beyond "traditional" diplomacy, which often emphasizes top-level leaders and short-term objectives, toward a holistic approach that stresses the multiplicity of peacemakers, long-term perspectives, and the need to create an infrastructure that empowers resources within a society and maximizes contributions from outside.

Sophisticated yet pragmatic, the volume explores the dynamics of contemporary conflict and presents an integrated framework for peacebuilding in which structure, process, resources, training, and evaluation are coordinated in an attempt to transform the conflict and effect reconciliation.

Building Peace is a substantive reworking and expansion of a work developed for the United Nations University in 1994. In addition, this volume includes a chapter by practitioner John Prendergast that applies Lederach's conceptual framework to ongoing conflicts in the Horn of Africa.

 

John Paul Lederach has spent 15 years providing training and supporting peacebuilding in Colombia, Somalia, The Philippines, Nicaragua, and Northern Ireland. Director of Eastern Mennonite University's Conflict Transformation Program, he has conducted numerous research projects and published extensively.

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Contents

  • Global Overview
  • Characteristics of Deeply Divided Societies
  • Reconciliation
  • Structure
  • Process
  • An Integrated Framework
  • Resources
  • Coordination
  • Preparing for Peacebuilding
  • Strategic and Responsive Evaluation
  • Conclusions

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