Peace Infrastructures

Handbook Dialogue No. 10

What does a peace infrastructure look like and what does it provide? "It could be anything from a rugged shed housing a local peace council in a remote South American village, to the elegantly designed high-rise office of a national truth and reconciliation commission in the capital of an African country. Its organisations could include a ministry dealing with peace and reconciliation in Nepal, the office of a presidential advisor coordinating the peace process in the Philippines, or one of the many district peace committees in Kenya..." writes our lead author. This Dialogue aims to advance the debate on the emerging practice and theory of "peace infrastructures". Drawing from examples from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa, Colombia, Lebanon and Cyprus, to name a few, the authors of this volume discuss whether and how peace should be given "an address" – and if so, how we best can support peace infrastructures while avoiding pitfalls.

  • Barbara Unger, Stina Lundström, Katrin Planta & Beatrix Austin (Eds.): Peace Infrastructures. Assessing Concept and Practice. 2013. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 10 - complete. Hardcopy >

Single contributions:

  • Barbara Unger & Stina Lundström: Introduction: On Framing, Setting Up and Supporting Peace Infrastrucutres. 2012. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 10 - intro. PDF >
  • Ulrike Hopp-Nishanka: Giving Peace and Address? Reflections on the Potential and Challenges of Creating Peace Infrastructures. 2012. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 10 - lead article. PDF >
  • Oliver P. Richmond: Missing Links: Peace Infrastructures and Peace Formation. 2012. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 10 - comment. PDF >
  • Hannes Siebert: National Peace and Dialogue Structures. Strengthening the Immune System from Within Instead of Prescribing Antibiotics. 2012. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 10 - comment. PDF >
  • Borja Paladini Adell: From Peacebuilding and Human Development Coalitions to Peace Infrastructure in Colombia. 2012. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 10 - comment. PDF >
  • Ulrike Hopp-Nishanka: Circularity, Transversality and the Usefulness of New Concepts. Reflection on the Response Articles. 2012. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 10 - final reflection. PDF >
  • Silvia Danielak: External Aid Incorporated? Infrastructures for Peace and the Challenges of Coordination in Kyrgyzstan. 2013. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 10 - comment. PDF >
  • Jeannine Suurmond & Prakash Mani Sharma: Serving People's Need for Peace: Infrastructures for Peace, the Peace Sector, and the Case of Nepal. 2013. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 10 - comment . PDF >
  • Vincent Verzat: Infrastructures for Peace: A Grass-roots Way To Do State-Building?. 2014. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 10 - comment. PDF >

Also of interest:

  • Hans J. Giessmann: Infrastructures for Peace: Approaches and Lessons Learned. 2016. PDF >
  • Silke Pfeiffer: Peace Infrastructure in Colombia. 2014. PDF >