Dynamic Content Reaching a Broad Audience

The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) publishes and disseminates dynamic content on peacebuilding and models for the field that reach a broad audience, including members of our own community, other nongovernmental organizations, funders, policymakers, and others.


In 2013, AfP and Rowman and Littlefield agreed to publish a series of books on peacebuilding for students and practitioners as well as the general public. For more information, contact Chip Hauss, at

The Ecology of Violent Extremism (2018)

By Lisa Schirch (Editor)

The Ecology of Violent Extremism brings together leading theorists and practitioners to describe an ecological or systems approach to violent extremism. Nothing can be fixed until it is understood. News media keep us alarmed to the close–‐up devastation of acts of terrorism. This book climbs a ladder to get a better view of the problem. What is beneath and beyond violent extremism? How do we respond to the problem of violent extremism in ways that do not fertilize the root causes that fueled it in the first place? The book offers a “map of violent extremism” drawing connections between twenty–‐five factors that correlate with violent extremism (VE).

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Making Peace with Faith: The Challenges of Religion and Peacebuilding (2018)

By Michelle Garred (Editor), Mohammed Abu-Nimer (Editor)

Although religion is almost never a root cause, it often gets pulled into conflict as a powerful element, especially where conflicting parties have different religious identities. Every faith tradition offers resources for peace, and secular policy makers are more and more acknowledging the influence of faith-based actors, even though there remains a tendency to associate religion more with conflict than peace. In this text, practitioners from different faiths relate and explore the many challenges they face in their peacebuilding work, which their secular partners may be unaware of.

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Human Security: Theory and Action (2018)

By David Andersen-Rodgers & Kerry F. Crawford

image001 Human security refers in its broadest sense to the protection of individuals from harm. Human Security: Theory and Action explores the theory and application of concepts central to this notion of security. It examines the conceptual roots of human security, connecting its origins to its applications and challenges in war and peacetime. With a unique focus on the evolving notion of responsibility for security, the text introduces the critical questions and priorities that underpin policies and actions.

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How to Resolve Conflict (2017)

By James E. Gilman

image001 This guide to the practice of mediation as conflict resolution means is a short how-to manual that includes resources to teach and train conflict mediators. Gilman explains the conceptual framework of conflict and peacebuilding, the steps of the mediation process, and the resources available to individuals to conduct mediation sessions, like role-playing. This book serves as a useful resource for those in the field of conflict resolution to successfully employ mediation tools.

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Civil Society, Peace, and Power (2016)

By David Cortright; Melanie Greenberg and Laurel Stone

image001 Civil society is a vital component of the global landscape, as key actors prevent and manage conflict, and work to build more peaceful societies. In this volume, several authors including Alliance for Peacebuilding’s CEO, Melanie Greenberg, examine several case studies that illustrate the development of civil society engagement in national, regional, and international peacebuilding policy. This book displays the benefits of civil society involvement: well-informed, accountable government decision making and more effective peacebuilding policies.

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Forging Peace in Southeast Asia: Insurgencies, Peace Processes, and Reconciliation (2016)

By Zachary Abuza

image001 For decades, Southeast Asia experienced separatist insurgencies that plagued the region with violent conflict. However, innovative and effective peace processes in Indonesia and the Philippines have developed, serving as examples for Thailand and other protracted conflict-stricken areas. This book offers case studies with a common history of insurgency and analyzes the insurgent group’s organization, operations, tactics, and capabilities. Further, Abuza examines the peace processes in the region and evaluates what made them successful, providing a framework for peacebuilding efforts.

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Drug Trafficking and International Security (2016)

By Paul Rexton Kan

image001 Global drug trafficking intersects with a vast array of international security issues ranging from war and terrorism to migration and state stability. More than just another item on the international security agenda, drug trafficking, in fact, exacerbates threats to national and international security. In this light, the book argues that global drug trafficking should not be treated as one international security issue among many. Rather, due to the unique nature of the trade, illegal drugs have made key threats to national and international security more complex, durable, and acute. Drug trafficking, therefore, makes traditional understandings of international security inadequate.

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Ethics for Peacebuilders: A Practical Guide (2016)

By Reina C. Neufeldt

image001 This book provides guidance for structuring ethical reflection as well as analytical tools to get to the heart of issues quickly. It is designed to help practitioners engage ethically in applied peacebuilding and conflict transformation and to help students aspiring to be peacebuilders think about ethics. It discusses ethics and morality, significant barriers to ethical deliberations in applied work, moral theories, creative problem-solving for situations when moral values conflict, and the need for healthy ethical organizations. Throughout, concrete examples, scenarios, and discussion questions help draw out key issues to improve peacebuilding practices. Detailed case studies include peacebuilding initiatives in East Timor, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, and more.

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Criminalized Power Structures: The Overlooked Enemies of Peace (2016)

By Michael Dziedzic

image001 The book articulates a typology for assessing the threats of CPS and for implementing appropriate strategies to achieve sustainable peace effectively and efficiently. The international case studies address interventions undertaken either to support the implementation of a peace agreement (i.e., a peace operation) or to stabilize a country entangled in an internal conflict in the context of a power-sharing agreement among key protagonists (i.e., a stability operation). In each of these cases, at least one of the parties to the agreement was a criminalized power structure that was a leading spoiler. The final chapter identifies strategies that are most effective for each type of CPS, including the ways and means (or tools) required for effective conflict transformation.

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Combating Criminalized Power Structures: A Toolkit (2016)

By Michael Dziedzic

image001Criminalized power structures (CPS) are illicit networks that profit from transactions in black markets and from criminalized state institutions while perpetuating a culture of impunity. These criminalized power structures are the predominant spoilers of peace settlements and stability operations. This volume focuses on the means available to practitioners to cope with the challenges posed by CPS along with recommendations for improving their efficacy and an enumeration of the conditions essential for their success.

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Security 2.0: Dealing with Global Wicked Problems (2015)

By Charles Hauss

image001In August 2015, AfP’s own Charles Hauss published his new book, Security 2.0: Dealing with Global Wicked Problems. More than a book about peacebuilding, Security 2.0 makes the case that we need a new paradigm for the way we govern ourselves, in keeping with life in a globalizing and networked world. More importantly, it makes the case that we are already taking steps toward making that happen, considering examples in civil-military relations, identity-based conflict, the corporate world, climate change, and governance.

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Military Chaplains in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Beyond (2014)

Edited by Eric Patterson

51FirJlJmZL._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_The first book in this series, this book focuses on how the role of military chaplains has changed over the past decade. U.S. military chaplains, who are by definition non-combatants, have been called upon by their war-fighting commanders to take on new roles beyond providing religious services to the troops. Using concrete examples, this volume takes a critical look at the rapidly changing role of the military chaplain, and raises issues critical to U.S. foreign and national security policy and diplomacy.

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Building Peace: Practical Reflections from the Field (2008)

By Craig Zelizer and Robert A. Rubinstein

image001 Even though international peacebuilding has rapidly expanded in the last two decades to respond to more multi-faceted and complex conflicts, the field has lagged behind in documenting the impact and success of projects. To help address this gap, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, one of the leading networks in the field, has brought together 13 stories of innovative peacebuilding practices from around the world.

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AfP’s policy briefs provide reliable information on new issues within the peacebuilding field. For more information on current policy and policy briefs, contact our Policy and Advocacy Manager, Laura Strawmyer at

This series aims to foster the practical integration of the twin objectives of gender equality and peace.


AfP releases many reports each year that address new topics within the peacebuilding field, our work and the focuses of our working groups.

Annual Reports

Articles and Opinions

Our staff produce numerous opinion pieces, articles, and blog posts that focus on current issues and other important relevant issues within the peacebuilding field.

Archived Publications

A Forum for Peace and Security in the 21st Century

our-work-publications Stories of people, communities, and organizations that are transforming the face of peace and security around the world.

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A Spotlight on Members Worldwide

Stories from AfP’s own members, highlighting the richness and creativity of members’ peacebuilding activities across 153 countries.

AfP’s Policy & Advocacy program and its Human Security program have been shaped a great deal by the previous work of 3P Human Security (formerly the 3D Security Initiative), an organization established in 2005 to bring civil society peacebuilding voices and approaches to US policymakers. The organization merged with AfP in 2012 and the publications in this collection were produced by 3P over its eight years of policy & advocacy in Washington.

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