Making Peace Last

August 14, 2013
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The international community invests billions annually in thousands of discrete projects designed to overcome poverty, stop violence, spread human rights, fight terrorism, and combat global warming.

The hope is that these separate projects will “add up” to lasting societal change in places like Afghanistan. In reality, these initiatives are not adding up to sustainable peace. Making Peace Last applies systems thinking to help improve the productivity of peacebuilding, broadly defined. This book defines the theory, analysis, and practice needed to create peacebuilding approaches that are as dynamic and adaptive as the societies they are trying to affect. The book is based on a combination of field experience and research into systems thinking, peace and conflict, and conflict resolution. The primary audience is policy makers and practitioners from the many fields that make up peacebuilding. This book can also be used as a textbook in courses on peacebuilding, security, and development. Making Peace Last is a comprehensive approach to finding sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems.

About the Author
Robert Ricigliano is the director of the Institute of World Affairs and teaches at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is also a former executive director of the Conflict Management Group and served as an associate director of the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School. He has worked on peace processes with government officials, armed groups, and community activists all over the world.

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