Strategies of Peace

Daniel Philpott and Gerard Powers

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395914
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776801 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Strategic Peacebuilding

Strategies of Peace

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This volume comprises a discussion among a wide range of expert scholars and practitioners on what defines and distinguishes the concept of strategic peacebuilding. The authors respond reflexively to the failures of peacebuilding and constructively press forward an emergent paradigm shift that questions the assumptions of a state-centric and liberal approach to peace. Strategic peacebuilding, they argue, is an intentional approach to the complexity of post-conflict environments that recognizes the interdependence of sectors, actors, and policies and develops strategies to maximize the impact of initiatives through strengthening these linkages. The volume first builds a theory of strategic peacebuilding, distinguishing it from past efforts and exploring the myriad ways strategic approaches can make peacebuilding more effective. It then explores the role of international institutions, particularly the International Criminal Court and United Nations, highlighting ways forward for building more sustainable and locally informed peace. Importantly, this volume reflects the multiplicity of actors and practices involved in strategic peacebuilding, focusing on the roles of civil society, educational institutions, and cultural and religious leaders in promoting justice and reconciliation. Employing a diverse array of methods, disciplines, and practices, the authors of this volume demonstrate that a strategic approach to peacebuilding is imperative for achieving an inclusive, locally informed and self-sustaining justpeace.

Keywords: strategic peacebuilding; United Nations; International Criminal Court; conflict; justpeace; peacebuilding; civil society; reconciliation; justice

Book.  432 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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