Peacebuilding at a Crossroad?

Berghof Handbook No. 7

Practitioners and researchers reflect on the conditions of success or failure in peacebuilding and conflict transformation: the lead article expresses a lingering worry that complex economic and environmental crises, international factors of violence and war, and an underlying 'murkiness' of values may overwhelm the best efforts for social change and create a feeling that we are “just wasting our time”. The comments emphasise that values and approaches - as well as the international context, power politics and injustice - should be the objects of critical analysis. Investment in learning, honest self-reflection and critical peace research appear to be a must for effective practice. Others stress a need for more effective public mobilisation for the effective prevention of violence. Many additional questions are raised and present food for thought for an ongoing debate.

  • Beatrix Schmelzle & Martina Fischer (Eds.): Peacebuilding at a Crossroads? Dilemmas and Paths for Another Generation. 2009. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 7 - complete. Hardcopy >

Single contributions:

  • Martina Fischer & Beatrix Schmelzle: Introduction. 2009. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 7- intro. PDF >
  • Simon Fisher & Lada Zimina: Just Wasting Our Time? Provocative Thoughts for Peacebuilders. 2009. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 7 - lead article. PDF >
  • Louis Kriesberg: Making Good Use of Time: Contributions and Dilemmas of Non-governmental Actors in Peacebuilding. 2009. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 7 - comment. PDF >
  • Diana Chigas & Peter Woodrow: Envisioning and Pursuing Peace Writ Large. 2009. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 7 - comment. PDF >
  • Martina Weitsch: Mobilizing Public Opinion for Peace: The Next Challenge for the Peacebuilding Communities. 2009. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 7 - comment. PDF >
  • Goran Bozicevic: Reflections on Peacebuilding from Croatia. 2009. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 7 - comment. PDF >
  • Ulrike Hopp & Barbara Unger: Time to Learn: Expanding Organisational Capacities in Conflict Settings. 2009. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 7 - comment. PDF >
  • Martina Fischer: Participatory Evaluation and Critical Peace Research: A Precondition for Peacebuilding. 2009. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 7 - comment. PDF >
  • Simon Fisher & Lada Zimina: Reflections on the Comments: Responses and More Queries. 2009. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 7 - final reflection. PDF >