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Preventing Deadly Conflict

September 2013

Preventing Deadly Conflict gathers many stories telling us about the creative ways adopted by peacebuilders around the world to prevent deadly violence.

From one country to another, the roots of conflict are different and so are the approaches to prevent violence from erupting.  In this issue of Building Peace, our authors describe the various shapes and forms of successful violence prevention initiatives and what it takes, at the individual, community and governmental level, to foster peace.

The World As It Is and the World As It Should Be: Interview with United Nations Deputy Secretary-General

Alliance for Peacebuilding president and chief executive officer Melanie Greenberg interviewed Mr. Eliasson in June 2013 at the UN headquarters in New York about his experiences with conflict prevention over […]

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Playing Fair: Using Sports to Avoid Conflict in Nigeria

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In May 2004, I survived a violent riot in Kano, a city in northern Nigeria. Young men swarmed through the streets of my neighborhood, burning and destroying randomly in retaliation […]

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Reminders of the Promise: Civil Society and the Responsibility to Protect

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In 2005 governments worldwide made a historic commitment to prevent and halt genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing by unanimously agreeing to the responsibility to protect (R2P). […]

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Book Review: Give Peace a Chance

Book by David Hamburg and Eric Hamburg It thus offers an elaborate response to the question of what we can do to reduce the chances for violence and increase the […]

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A Living Reality? The Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

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At the 2005 World Summit, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the concept of responsibility to protect (R2P). World leaders agreed that they each had to protect their own populations […]

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Bringing Up the Child: Local Conflict Prevention Mechanisms in Kenya

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The Elder Community Growing up in Kenya’s beautiful rural areas, I was fascinated by the power of the elders, a group of old wise men sitting under a tree delivering […]

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Letting the Other In: Conflict Prevention in Myanmar

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Kyoko Okumoto, a well-respected Japanese peacebuilder, once said to me, “I firmly believe that to be an effective peacebuilder you need to be able to trust.” By trust she did […]

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Film Review: A Whisper to a Roar

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In a globalized world, when leaders in Asia make a declaration, it is almost immediately heard in the Americas. Likewise, social activism and ideas can spread rapidly across borders, as […]

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Overcoming Obstacles to Peace

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In a new RAND Corporation study of nation-building—Overcoming Obstacles to Peace: Local Factors in Nation-Building—we analyze the impediments that local conditions pose to interventions aimed at stabilizing conflict-affected areas. Previous […]

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The Business of Preventing Armed Conflict

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Preventing armed conflict might seem like a task only state agencies and civil society organizations are interested in, but businesses in conflict-prone areas are equally, if not more, interested in […]

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Peacebuilding by the Numbers

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From Promise to Reality: The U.S. Experiment in Emerging Genocide Prevention Systems

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Because remembrance without resolve is a hollow gesture. Awareness without action changes nothing. In this sense, “never again” is a challenge to us all—to pause and to look within. —President […]

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Early Warning, Early Response: Lessons from Sri Lanka

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Most community-based violence can be prevented if the right information is delivered to the right stakeholders, at the right time, in the right format, enabling the stakeholders to take the […]

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Separate Tracks, Common Goals: Preventing Genocide and Conflict

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Whether through quiet resolve or vocal outrage, the chorus of people saying “never again” to genocide and mass atrocities is growing. Many in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding […]

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Beyond the Last Resort: The US Military and Conflict Prevention

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The military’s role in preventing violent conflict is often misunderstood. Civilians, policymakers, and practitioners have argued that the military should have little to no role in prevention, a perspective that […]

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