Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided by John Paul Lederach

By John Paul Lederach

A huge paintings from a seminal determine within the box of clash solution, Building Peace is John Paul Lederach's definitive assertion on peacebuilding. Marrying knowledge, perception, and keenness, Lederach explains why we have to circulate past "traditional" international relations, which frequently emphasizes top-level leaders and momentary goals, towards a holistic procedure that stresses the multiplicity of peacemakers, long term views, and the necessity to create an infrastructure that empowers assets inside of a society and maximizes contributions from outside.

Sophisticated but pragmatic, the quantity explores the dynamics of up to date clash and offers an built-in framework for peacebuilding within which constitution, method, assets, education, and overview are coordinated in an try and rework the clash and impression reconciliation.

Building Peace is a important transforming and enlargement of a piece constructed for the United international locations college in 1994. moreover, this quantity encompasses a bankruptcy by means of practitioner John Prendergast that applies Lederach's conceptual framework to ongoing conflicts within the Horn of Africa.

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These fit into three categories: problem-solving workshops, conflict resolution training, and the development of peace commissions. Problem-solving workshops. 7 The problem-solving approach has a number of important features that are characteristic of middle-range peacebuilding. First, participants are typically invited because of their knowledge of the STRUCTURE • • • 47 conflict and their proximity to key decision makers, but top-level actors are not invited. Mitchell has referred to such participants as opinion leaders—those who are in a position to influence opinion.

This, in large part, may explain CHARACTERISTICS OF DEEPLY DIVIDED SOCIETIES ••• 17 the proliferation, in some cases almost overnight, of armed movements vying for recognition. " Therefore, diplomatic solutions are sought within a framework of compromise on these interests, often within a rather short-term frame of reference. As outlined above, however, the dynamics of intermediateand war-level conflicts suggest they are equally driven by psychosocial elements—long-standing animosities rooted in a perceived threat to identity and survival.

Opportunity must therefore be given for people to look forward and envision their shared future. The perspective of native peoples, such as the Mohawk nation, is highly instructive in this respect. In the midst of the 1991 Oka crisis, which involved the Mohawk nation and the Quebec and Canadian governments, a Mohawk chief reflected on the decisions before his people. He noted that, as required by Mohawk tradition, the chiefs must think in terms of seven generations. The decisions made seven generations ago affect the Mohawk people today.

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