A Handbook of International Peacebuilding: Into the Eye of the Storm

A Handbook of International Peacebuilding: Into the Eye of the Storm

A Handbook of International Peacebuilding: Into the Eye of the Storm

A Handbook of International Peacebuilding: Into the Eye of the Storm

Synopsis

The Resource for Resolving International Conflicts"The field of international peacebuilding has long lacked a practical guide to the very real challenges that peacebuilders face. Here it is at last_ clear, operational, wise advice from highly experienced leaders in the field. This is required reading for anyone who hopes to make a difference in building global peace." _ William Ury, author, The Third Side: Why We Fight and How We Can Stop"A Handbook of International Peacebuilding, so full of practical wisdom on every page, belongs by the phone and in the carry-on bag of every peacebuilder, novice and veteran alike." _Cynthia Sampson, president, Peace Discovery Initiatives"This book collects the wisdom of peacebuilding practitioners and scholars across the world. The authors convey both the dangers of misguided interventions in conflict-ridden settings and the transformative possibilities of work that is conducted with intelligence, respect, patience, and political savvy. A Handbook of International Peacebuilding should become a constant companion for anyone committed to appropriate involvement in conflict resolution." _B. Stephen Toben, vice president, Flora Family Foundation

Excerpt

As I hang up, the sudden silence in the room draws my attention to the sharp buzzing in my ear. It may be due to the sound of the telephone that just rang. Or maybe it is the strain of listening twenty minutes over a long-distance international call, the crackling of a bad connection adding to the difficulty of communicating across languages that are not our native tongues. Or maybe this buzz is my head swimming with questions about the request, or what actually felt like a desperate plea, to help with some conflict resolution workshops in a country I have never visited, with people I do not know well, in a situation of violent conflict. The request seemed very genuine. I can feel my heart pounding with anticipation and anxiety. The situation described sounded like an unbelievable opportunity but rife with danger. How do I know this is the right thing to be doing at this time in this context? And are these people whom they say they are? How are they seen by others in the situation, particularly those directly involved in the fighting? Is there anyone already doing this work? Is this the best use of their and my time and resources? Will this be like parachuting into a place with quick answers and then leaving, or is this the start of something that could be truly important and make a difference over the long haul? It is no wonder my head is spinning.

Over the past twenty years of active practice in international conflict transformation and peacebuilding, I have received hundreds . . .

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