Local Peacebuilding and National Peace is a collection of essays that examines the effects of local peacebuilding efforts on national peace initiatives.
The book looks at violent and protracted struggles in which local people have sought to make their own peace with local combatants in a variety of ways, and how such initiatives have affected and have been affected by national level strategies.
Chapters on theories of local and national peacemaking are combined with chapters on recent efforts to carry out such processes in warn torn societies such as Africa, Asia, and South America, with essays contributed by experts who were actually actively involved in the peacemaking process.
With its unique focus on the interaction of peacemaking at local and national levels, the book will fill a gap in the literature. It will be of interest to students and researchers in such fields as peace studies, conflict resolution, international relations, postwar recovery and development.
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About the Author
Christopher Mitchell is Professor Emeritus of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, USA. Previously, he taught in England at University College London, Southampton University, and at the City University in London. He also served as Director of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and is the author of The Structure of International Conflict.
Landon E. Hancock is Assistant Professor of Conflict Management and Political Science at Kent State University, USA. The author of several articles on ethnic conflict and on Northern Ireland, he is the coeditor with Christopher Mitchell of Zones of Peace (2007). He as awarded a Peace Scholar fellowship from the United States Institute of Peace for his dissertation, Peace from the People: Identity Salience and the Northern Irish Peace Process.
Table of Contents
ContributorsPreface1. Introduction: Linking National-Level Peacemaking with Grassroots PeacebuildingChristopher Mitchell2. A ZoPs Approach to Conflict Prevention Wallace Warfield and Yves-Reneé Jennings3. Against the Stream: Colombian Zones of Peace under Democratic SecurityChristopher Mitchell and Catalina Rojas4. Colombia: From Grassroots to Elites: How Some Local Peacebuilding Initiatives Became National in Spite of ThemselvesMery Rodriguez5. South Africa's Infrastructure for Peace Andries Odendaal6. Belfast's Interfaces, Zones of Conflict or Zones of PeaceLandon E. Hancock7. Zones of Peace in the South Caucasus: Polyphonic Approaches to State-BuildingIrakli Zurab Kakabadze8. Between Local and National Peace: Complementarity or Conflict?Landon E. Hancock and Christopher Mitchell