This book is the first to chart the rise and fall of peacebuilding. Charting its beginnings, as an ad-hoc extension of peacekeeping responsibilities, and formalisation, as a UN-supported international project of building liberal states. Twenty years later, the grounding policy assumptions of peacebuilding - that democracy, the rule of law and free markets were a universal solution to conflict-prone states and societies - have been revealed as naïve at best, and at worst, hubristic and Eurocentric. Here, Chandler traces the disillusionment with international peacebuilding, and the discursive shifts in the self-understanding of the peacebuilding project in policy and academic debate. He charts the transformation from peacebuilding as an international project based on universalist assumptions, to the understanding of peace as a necessarily indigenous process based on plural and non-linear understandings of difference. Is the end of peacebuilding necessarily a cause for celebration? Does this shift result in a realist resignation to the world as it appears? Is it necessary to "marry idealism with realism"--As E.H. Carr once argued - if we wish to keep open the possibilities for social change? This book seeks to answer these questions, making an invaluable reference both for students and practitioners of peacebuilding and for those interested in the broader shifts in the social and political grounding of policy-making today.
Foreword / John O. Onaiyekan -- Preface / Gerald F. Powers -- Peacebuilding and Catholicism : affinities, convergences, possibilities / R. Scott Appleby -- The long journey back to humanity : Catholic peacebuilding with armed actors / John Paul Lederach -- What kind of peace do we seek? : emerging norms of peacebuilding in key political institutions / Maryann Cusimano Love -- Reconciliation : a Catholic ethic for peacebuilding in the political order / Daniel Philpott -- Catholic relief services : Catholic peacebuilding in practice / William R. Headley and Reina C. Neufeldt -- Peacebuilding and its challenging partners : justice, human rights, development, solidarity / Todd D. Whitmore -- Pursuing truth, reconciliation, and human dignity in South Africa : lessons for Catholic peacebuilding / Peter-John Pearson -- The Catholic social imaginary and peacebuilding : ritual, sacrament, and spirituality / Robert J. Schreiter -- Catholic approaches to interreligious peacebuilding : lessons from Indonesia's "sad years" / Thomas Michel -- Peacebuilding and Catholic social teaching / Kenneth R. Himes -- A theology for peacebuilding / Lisa Sowle Cahill -- Peacebuilding and reconciliation : interreligious dialogue and Catholic spirituality / Peter C. Phan -- A Catholic theology of interreligious dialogue -- A practical theology of healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation / Robert J. Schreiter -- Stories of solidarity : the challenges of Catholic peacebuilding / David J. O'Brien -- Future directions in Catholic peacebuilding / Robert J. Schreiter
Preventing violent conflicts and establishing comprehensive lasting peace in some of the world's most turbulent regions has become the new global imperative. But to be effective, peacebuilding must be a multilateral, not a unilateral process. Even for the world's sole surviving superpower, promoting and sustaining durable peace requires communication, co-ordination, co-operation, and collaboration between local, national and international actors, nongovernmental as well as governmental. In this book, Dennis Sandole explores the theory and practice of peacebuilding, discussing the differences and similarities between core aspects of peace processes, namely violent conflict prevention; conflict management; conflict settlement; conflict resolution and conflict transformation. Assuming no prior knowledge on the part of the student reader, the volume distinguishes between proactive and reactive peacebuilding as strategies to pre-empt or otherwise respond to global problems, such as identity conflicts, failing/failed states, terrorism, pandemics, poverty, forced migrations, climate change, ecological degradation, and their combined effects. Drawing on a wide range of conflicts such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, East Timor, Haiti, South Africa and Macedonia, the book debates the 'lessons learned' from past experiences of reactive as well as proactive peacebuilding, plus the challenges which lie ahead for those striving to bring about sustainable peace, security and stability to war-torn or otherwise fragile regions of the globe. -- Book Description.
'Peacebuilding' elucidates some key ideas and practices underlying women's peacebuilding, highlighting positive examples of their contribution to peacebuilding in conflict zones and in societies pursuing transitional justice