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Overview

* Looks at the ways people have used sanctuary throughout history and in present-day conflicts to avoid or challenge violence
* Authors with practical experience in peace zones throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America

The notion of having sanctuary from violence or threat has probably existed as long as conflict itself. Whether people seek safety in a designated location, such as a church or hospital or over a regional border, or whether their professions or life situations (doctors, children) allow them, at least in theory, to avoid injury in war, sanctuary has served as a powerful symbol of non-violence.

The authors of this collection examine sanctuary as it relates to historical and modern conflicts from the Philippines to Colombia and Sudan. They chart the formation and evolution of these varied "zones of peace" and attempt to arrive at a "theory of sanctuary" that might allow for new and useful peacebuilding strategies.

This book makes a significant contribution to the field of conflict resolution, using case studies to highlight efforts made by local people to achieve safety and democracy amid and following violent civil wars. The authors ground the emerging interest in sanctuary by providing a much needed description of the complexity of these peace zones.

Other Contributors: Kevin Avruch, Pushpa Iyer, Roberto Jose, Jennifer Langdon, Nancy Morrison, Krista Rigalo, Catalina Rojas and Mery Rodriguez.

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"This study merits attention at a time when our country is committing troops on the ground to create "zones of security" which hopefully will eventually become zones of peace. Readers will be rewarded with ideas generated by accounts of those who have tried what is perhaps the impossible!"

"Zones of Peace is an innovative book about how ordinary people can resist violence and foster peace proposals, even in the midst of brutal, protracted conflicts. It explores a wide variety of cases worldwide: some of them inspiring successes, others disappointing failures, and several that continue to evolve. Zones of Peace is an important step toward understanding the lessons and possibilities of citizen conflict resolution. It offers signposts for how small but concerted, disciplined steps at the local level can make an elusive peace possible."

"A comprehensive compendium of experiences and reflections relevant to the current search for peaceful alternatives in the midst of armed conflict. People's security is an imperative for those caught in the crossfire of bitter violent strife, and this work provides hope as well as practical steps in addressing this urgent concern — from setting up spaces of dialogue to re-affirming sanctuaries of life."

"Provides a long overdue comprehensive account of the many significant efforts to create zones of peace during and after armed conflict. The systematic analysis, based on a theory of sanctuary, offers a timely and useful framework for peacebuilders and communities seeking peace in the midst of violence."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565492349
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Landon Hancock is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kent State University’s Center for Applied Conflict Management. He began working with the Local Zones of Peace project while completing his Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. He was visiting faculty at the University of Baltimore’s Center for Negotiations and Conflict Management and has taught courses for both ICAR and American University on conflict resolution, peacebuilding and conflict research. His work has appeared in journals like International Studies Perspectives and Civil Wars and in 2003 he was a summer fellow at the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania.

Christopher Mitchell is Emeritus Professor of Conflict Analysis at George Mason University having taught there for 18 years and acting as Director of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution between 1991 and 1994. In England he held teaching posts at University College, London, the University of Southampton and The City University, London. He has published widely on conflict and its resolution, his latest book being Gestures of Conciliation (Palgrave/ Macmillan; 2001). Since 1999 he has been a member of the Institute’s local "Zones of Peace" research group, taking a special interest in grassroots peace processes in Colombia.

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Table of Contents

1) The Theory & Practice of Sanctuary: From Asylia to Local Zones of Peace; 2) The Nature, Structure and Variety of Peace Zones; 3) Zones of Peace in the Philippines; 4) Islands in the Stream: A comparative analysis of zones of peace within Colombia’s civil war; 5) The Rondas Campesinas of Peru; 6) El Salvador’s Post-Conflict Peace Zone; 7) Comparing Sanctuary in the Former Yugoslavia and the Philippines; 8) The Collapse of Peace Zones in Aceh; 9) The Operation Lifeline Sudan Experience; 10) Local Zones of Peace and a Theory of Sanctuary

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