A growing number of academic courses aimed at practitioners and policy-makers in Britain and elsewhere attempt to answer this question but until now there has been no book to accompany them. In part, a handbook on how to understand each war as a unique phenomenon, it develops a set of war analysis tools, challenging commonly held assumptions about the nature of gender, ethnicity and greed.
Published in association with the Open University
North America: Ohio University Press
Publisher: James Currey
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 1140 g
Dimensions: 263 x 210 x 17 mm
Yanacopulos and Hanlon's wonderfully mature compendium is very welcome. This is an accessible, user-friendly text that cuts through arcane debates and is careful not to assume prior knowledge. Three themes recur throughout this edited book: that every conflict is unique and thus demands a tailored response; that peace building is a difficult and long-term endeavour that requires sensitivity; and that ''there are no right answers - only hard choices. ...the book takes readers through the causes of conflict, the pitfalls of hastily planned and poorly executed interventions and the need for conflict- and development-sensitive action. ...Case studies in boxes, chapter summaries and the careful explanation of key terms make it a very useful teaching tool. ..this work is to be recommended. It is critical, development-orientated and mindful of the long-term needs of post-war contexts. Moreover, it is blessedly free of two curses which have restricted the study of conflict to small cliques: postmodern conceit and econometrics. - Roger MacGinty in THE ROUND TABLE
The book certainly succeeds in presenting a jargon free account of the current 'state of the art' of peacebuilding, and the material is presented in a clear and direct way. It would certainly help those already in the field and engaged in peacebuilding and development to refresh their understanding of assumptions, strategies and techniques underlying their work. It would also help to explain the nature of peacebuilding to a new generation of potential activists. It succeeds admirably in summarising and synthesising recent academic research and making it available to project workers and practitioners. ... this collection does an excellent job in defining what we know about peacebuilding, and lays the basis for a common understanding of how to further advance effective practice. - Professor Tom Woodhouse in the LEEDS AFRICAN STUDIES BULLETIN
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