New book: Insights into the Everyday of Post-Conflict Transitions


Keynote lecture “Regime change through conflict transformation? Challenges and lessons learned”. Hans J. Giessmann at Oxford University’s Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Annual Conference “Fragmentation and Freedom”, 25 September 2018 © CRIC

What are the main drivers of political transition and regime change? And to what extent do these apparently seismic political changes result in real change, change which can be felt by a society’s citizens? These questions are the focus of a comparative volume written by a mix of scholars and practitioners. The state-of-the-art compendium identifies patterns in political transitions – covering 14 cases ranging from Afghanistan to South Sudan. However, its authors are largely unconvinced that the transitions under study bring about real change to the underlying structures of society. Patriarchy, land tenure and economic systems often remain immune to change, despite the headlines. In addition, the (re-)learning processes of both leadership and citizenry needed after long years of repression and/or marginalization are rarely acknowledged.

The book was co-edited by Berghof Foundation’s executive director Professor Hans J. Giessmann and Professor Roger MacGinty, of Manchester University’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute. Berghof Foundation’s Beatrix Austin and Christine Seifert, who has meanwhile joined the Foreign Federal Ministry of Germany, served as contributing authors and assistant editors.

Only last week, on 25 September, Hans J. Giessmann had the opportunity and pleasure to discuss some of the findings at Oxford University’s Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Annual Conference “Fragmentation and Freedom”. #CRIC2018

We are looking forward to discussing our findings with you!

Publication details

Citation: The Elgar Companion to Post-Conflict Transition. Edited by Hans J. Giessmann, Roger Mac Ginty, with Beatrix Austin and Christine Seifert. 2018. London: Edward Elgar Publishing.

You can read the introduction and the chapter on Bosnia and Hercegovina here >

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