Summary of Building Peace By John Paul Lederach Summary written by Tanya Glaser, Conflict Research Consortium Citation: John Paul Lederach, Building. Book Review: John Paul Lederach, Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies (Washington D.C.: United States Institute of Peace, Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Lederach, John Paul. Building peace: sustainable reconciliation in divided societies / John Paul Lederach.

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Lederach argues that dealing with contemporary armed conflict requires new approaches in addition to traditional diplomacy. The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Chapter Nine discusses training and preparation for peace building.

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Other editions – View all Building Peace: Given the nature of contemporary armed conflict, peacebuilding faces four main challenges. Conflicts progress from situations of unbalanced power and low awareness, or latent conflict, to situations of unbalanced power and increasing awareness, or overt conflict. In this view the goal of peace building is not merely to get rid of an undesirable peacr. Finally, we must focus on preventing minor conflicts from escalating into open warfare.

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Lederach comes out of the Mennonite tradition and writes within the Catholic tradition. Peace building should also draw on existing cultural resources. Peace-donor conferences provide an opportunity for interested and involved agencies to identify needs, match needs to resources, and coordinate their activities.


Marrying wisdom, insight, and passion, Lederach explains why we need to move beyond “traditional” diplomacy, which often ldeerach top-level leaders and short-term objectives, toward a holistic approach that stresses the multiplicity of peacemakers, long-term perspectives, and the need to create an infrastructure that empowers resources within a society and maximizes contributions from outside.

Marcus Limited preview – Tell us about your work. Sophisticated yet pragmatic, the volume explores the dynamics of contemporary conflict and presents an integrated framework for peacebuilding in which structure, process, resources, training, and evaluation are coordinated in an attempt to transform the conflict and effect reconciliation.

Please Support Our Fundraising Drive. Issues arise within relationships, which exist within the larger context of subsystems, and ultimately society-wide systems.

Lederach argues that contemporary armed conflicts are more similar to communal and intercommunal conflicts than they are to international or interstate conflicts.

Generally, coordination should focus on “creating strategic points of contact and coordination rather than rigid, centralized control. Lederach discusses the difficulties in evaluating peace building initiatives in Chapter Ten. Coordination can also be improved by creating clearer channels of communication between top- and middle-level actors, and between first and second track diplomatic initiatives. Finally, external peacemakers should pwace to link their activities with internal peacemakers.

Summary of “Building Peace”

Check out our Quick Start Guide. Peace buildinf activities should focus on increasing awareness and balancing power. Explanations of how the conflict and peacebuilding fields’ fundamental building blocks can help with both intractable and tractable conflicts. Marrying wisdom, insight, and passion, Lederach explains why we need to move beyond “traditional” diplomacy, which often emphasizes top-level leaders and These features, compounded by a setting of underdevelopment and poverty, makes peacebuilding an enormous task.


Beyond Lederacy in Context Blog Links to quality news, opinion pieces, and reports that explain the intractable conflict problem and highlight successful responses. Building Peace is a substantive reworking and expansion of a work developed for the United Nations University in My library Help Advanced Book Search. Guidelines for Using Beyond Intractability resources.

Contemporary armed conflicts also tend to be long-standing. In Chapter Five Lederach adopts mediator Adam Curle’s matrix for describing the progress of conflicts in terms of the balance of power between the parties, and the degree to which the parties are aware of their conflicting needs and interests.

No eBook available Amazon. A global overview of conflict shows that contemporary armed conflicts are primarily internal conflicts, occurring between different identity groups within a state.