Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies. John Paul Lederach. United States Institute of Peace.




Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies Book Cover Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies
John Paul Lederach
United States Institute of Peace
February 1998
Paperback
208
9781878379733

A major work from a seminal figure in the field of conflict resolution, Building Peace is John Paul Lederach’s definitive statement on peace building. 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 conflict and presents an integrated framework for peace building in which structure, process, resources, training, and evaluation are coordinated in an attempt to transform the conflict and effect reconciliation.

Building Peace is a substandard of 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 fifteen years providing training and supporting peace building in Columbia, 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.