Handbook Dialogues raise key critical issues which are then debated among scholars and practitioners from different disciplines and world regions. Typically, a Dialogue includes one lead article on a topic. Four or five other experts, from a range of perspectives, then contribute shorter responses to that article.

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  • No. 13: Transformative Approaches to Violent Extremism
    Berghof Handbook Dialogue 13 formulates transformative approaches to violent extremism. The debate starts with a call for interreligious peacebuilding which truly integrates the perspective of actors otherwise often defined as part of the problem. Respondents shed light on systemic contexts, the role of identity and gender, work with youth and regional contexts (Western Balkans, MENA). more > 
  • No. 12: Armed Social Violence
    Berghof Handbook Dialogue 12 examines the phenomenon of armed social violence, esp. urban violence and organised crime. It points out the added value that peacebuilding can bring to developing effective policy responses to armed social violence, and to the challenges in operationalising such an approach. more >
  • No. 11: Transforming War-related Identities
    Berghof Handbook Dialogue 11 looks at the inter-connectedness of psychological dynamics and social processes in post-war societies. It discusses different approaches for dealing with a painful past, and how different dimensions interact – relations, memories and identities at the individual and collective level. more >
  • No. 10: Peace Infrastructures
    Berghof Handbook Dialogue 10 aims to advance the debate on the emerging practice and theory of "peace infrastructures". It discusses whether and how peace should be given "an address", what that can look like – and how we best can support peace infrastructures while avoiding pitfalls. more >
  • No. 9: Human Rights and Conflict Transformation
    Berghof Handbook Dialogue 9 aims to go beyond the dividing and polarising language of “peace versus justice” in order to gain a clearer understanding of the potential – and limits – of bringing together human rights and conflict transformation in specific contexts. more>
  • No. 8: Building Peace in the Absence of States
    Berghof Handbook Dialogue 8 illustrates the need to shift from a state-centric view without entirely rejecting the notion of state. Instead of advocating ideal-type, off-the-shelf models and blue-prints, the contributors to this dialogue present historically well-informed analysis, discussing evidence and counter-examples. more >
  • No. 7: Peacebuilding at a Crossroads?
    Berghof Handbook Dialogue 7 starts from the lingering worry that complex economic and environmental crises, international violence and war, and an underlying 'murkiness' of values may overwhelm efforts for social change, and reflects on the conditions of success or failure in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. more >
  • No. 6: A Systemic Approach to Conflict Transformation
    Berghof Handbook Dialogue 6 lays out a rich array of systemic ideas originating from both research and practice. Is there a distinct advantage to a systemic approach to conflict transformation, beyond what we know as holistic and comprehensive methodologies? more >
  • No. 5: Social Change and Conflict Transformation
    Berghof Handbook Dialogue 5 sets out a framework for thinking systematically about the relationship between conflict and (social) change. It considers necessary changes to bring about the resolution of conflict, as well as obstacles to such changes, and envisions possible roles for agents of change. more >
  • No. 4: New Trends in Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA)
    Berghof Handbook Dialogue 4 explores questions of effectiveness, impact and evaluation, which continue to be most relevant for the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. It sheds light on progress and controversy regarding the new trends in peace and conflict impact assessment. more >
  • No. 3: Transforming War Economies
    Berghof Handbook Dialogue 3 sets out to assess the usefulness of current analytic approaches and policy recommendations in dealing constructively with war economies. It offers an overview of the state of the art, as well as examples, reflections, and critique. more >
  • No. 2: Security Sector Reform
    Berghof Handbook Dialogue 2 focuses on security sector reform as an integral part of third-party intervention in recent years. It examines the arguments for engagement with the security sector and provides an analysis of the dilemmas that arise, along with suggestions for how they might be overcome. more >
  • No. 1: Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment
    Berghof Handbook Dialogue 1 builds on the fact that assessing and measuring the impact and outcomes of peacebuilding is a complicated task. The articles in this first issue of the Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series reflect the state of the art in peace and conflict impact assessment (PCIA) from a variety of angles. more >