MINELRES: New Book: Building Peace. Practical Reflections From the Field

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Original sender: Craig Zelizer <czelizer@yahoo.com>


Edited by Craig Zelizer , Robert A. Rubinstein

"This volume provides an enlightening, encouraging, and fascinating set
of reports about effective peacebuilding endeavors. These accounts and
assessments were written by persons directly engaged in each undertaking
and yield valuable lessons. Certainly, these highly diverse actions
deserve widespread attention and frequent emulation." 
- Louis Kriesberg, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Maxwell Professor
Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies, Syracuse University

"Building Peace presents a rich set of case studies of courage in
peacebuilding that should inspire another generation of peacemakers. The
authors provide a great variety of blueprints for communities, nations
and multi-cultural groups dealing with the aftermath or reduction of
ongoing and often violent conflicts. That the case studies come from
such diverse areas demonstrates that having multiple approaches and
processes in our peacemaking toolkit makes peacebuilding possible in
widely divergent cultural and geopolitical settings. There is much to be
learned here for practitioners, students and teachers of peace. It will
make a great contribution to courses on conflict resolution, prevention
and handling and on post-conflict peacebuilding analysis and practice."
- Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Professor of Law, Dispute Resolution and Civil
Procedure, Georgetown University Law Center and author of Dispute
Resolution: Beyond the Adversarial Model

"This book neatly brings together various methodologies, an impressive
range of local and international settings and a number of time frames to
give a powerful response to a real "demand" on peacebuilding today: How
do we assess the successes (and failures) of what we do? Bravo to Drs.
Craig Zelizer, Robert Rubinstein, their colleagues - and to the Alliance
for Peacebuilding in supporting this initiative."
- William R. Headley, Dean, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies,
University of San Diego

Even though international peacebuilding has rapidly expanded in the last
two decades to respond to more multi-faceted and complex conflicts, the
field has lagged behind in documenting the impact and success of
projects. To help address this gap, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, one
of the leading networks in the field, has brought together 13 stories of
innovative peacebuilding practices from around the world in Building

While the projects covered are diverse in nature, together they
demonstrate the significant impact of peacebuilding work. Contributors
created new institutions to prevent and manage conflicts at the local or
national levels, helped restore relationships in conflict-affected
communities, and empowered citizens to work for positive change in their
societies across ethnic, religious, and political divides.

It's clear that there is no quick fix for violence but this volume will
go a long way in providing inspiration and practical tools for
policymakers, academics and practitioners who seek to make significant
and valuable
contributions towards achieving peace.

Craig Zelizer is the Associate Director of the Master of Arts in
Conflict Resolution Program within the Department of Government at
Georgetown University and a Senior Partner with the Alliance for
Conflict Transformation. He has over 15 years experience in
peacebuilding activities around the world, including assessment,
training, dialogue, capacity building and evaluation work. He has
published several articles on trauma and peacebuilding, arts and
peacebuilding, and careers in international peace and conflict
resolution. He is also the founder of the Peace and Collaborative
Development Network, a leading online platform to bring together
scholars and practitioners working on international conflict. He holds a
Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

Robert A. Rubinstein is professor of anthropology and international
relations at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, where from
1994-2005 he directed the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of
Conflicts. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the State University
of New York at Binghamton, and his Ms.P.H. from the University of
Illinois School of Public Health. His research focuses on cultural
aspects of dispute settlement, international health, and the
anthropological study of peacekeeping. He is a founding member and
current Co-Chair of the Commission on Peace and Human Rights of the
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. He has
published more than 85 journal articles and book chapters and is author
or editor of 7 books, most recently Peacekeeping Under Fire: Culture and


1) Introduction: Peacebuilding: Creating Structure and Capacity for
Craig Zelizer and Robert A. Rubinstein;

2) Taming the Beast: Interethnic Conflict and Accord in Post - Communist
Europe - Allen H. Kassof;

3) The Institution as Innovator: Laying the Foundation for Peaceful
Change - Beth Glick and Laina Reynolds Levy;

4) An 85 Percent Settlement Rate and a 91 Percent Compliance Rate: But
what Happened to the Rest and Why? - William F. Lincoln, Alexander
Karpenko, Lena Ivanova, Olga Allahverdova, Polly Davis, Dawn Hooper with
Seth Kane and Terra D. M. Evans;

5) Designing Dispute Resolution Systems for Settling Land and Property
Disputes in Post-Conflict and Post-Crisis Societies - Christopher Moore
and Gary Brown;

6) Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts: Strengthening
Peace-building Capacity through The Brandeis International Fellowship
Program - Cynthia Cohen;

7) Partners in Peacebuilding in Lesotho - John Davies, Wubalem Fekade,
Mamphekeleli Hoohlo, Edy Kaufman, and Mamochaki Shale;

8) Combining Empathy with Problem Solving: The Tamra Model of
Facilitation in Israel - Eileen F. Babbitt and Pamela Pomerance Steiner
with Jabir Asaqla, Chassia Chomsky-Porat and Shirli Kirschner;

9) Health Bridges for Peace: The Medical Network for Social
Reconstruction in the Former Yugoslavia - Paula Gutlove;

10) Gender Mainstreaming in Peacebuilding: A Case Study of Grupo EKOLELO
in Angola v Heather Kulp;

11) Management of Multi-cultural Communities in Crimea - Karina

12) Building Peace in Thin Air: The Case of Search for Common Ground's
Talking Drum Studio in Sierra Leone - Marco Konings & Ambrose James;

13) The Dynamism of Shared Success in Abkhaz: Georgian Peacebuilding -
Paula Garb and Susan Allen Nan;

14) Promoting Ethnic Tolerance and Cultural Inclusion in Macedonia: The
Tetovo Educators Project - Paula Green and Olivia Stokes Dreier

320 pp., 6" x 9", May 2009

Published by Kumarian Press


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