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Integrating Peace and
Security in a Complex World

April 2013

Integrating Peace and Security in a Complex World provides an introduction to the multi-faceted peacebuilding field.Its authors represent multiple viewpoints, cultures, and contexts. The voices and issues in Building Peace create a nuanced vision for peace and security, describing the many paths of peacebuilders, and emphasizing why peace is an integral – and obtainable — part of our lives.Too often the compelling stories of how conflicts are ended and by whom, and how nations become more peaceful and stable are lost in the media glare of war, terrorism, and bloodshed. Integrating Peace and Security in a Complex World addresses the who, what, where, and how of peacebuilding.

A Letter from the President and Editor-in-Chief

Dear Reader, Welcome to Building Peace, a new publication that highlights the myriad of ways in which peacebuilding can heal war-torn societies and prevent deadly violence in the world’s most […]

Peacebuilding by the Numbers


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Syria: We Will Not Become The Tyrant We Are Fighting


I last spoke to Bashar Assad in 1996. He assured me then that as part of his inevitable ascent to power, change was coming. He knew he could not expect […]

Colombia: The Victims’ Hour


In September 2012 Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos Calderón announced that the national government would begin peace negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The talks could end […]

Uganda: Restoring Hope


In 2002, when Caroline was seventeen years old, she was abducted in northern Uganda by rebel soldiers in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a militant group responsible for recruiting child […]

A Local Woman with a Global Platform: Interview with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee


Ms. Leymah Gbowee is a peace activist, trained social worker, and women’s rights activist who was a leader of the women’s peace movement that helped end the Liberian civil war […]

Special Feature: Between Warning and Action: Preventing Mass Violence and Atrocities


Since Cote d’Ivoire’s outbreak of violence in 2002, the country has been in a state of political crisis. In October 2010 the first round of the long-postponed presidential elections produced […]

The Price of Violence


Violence costs society and taxpayers a lot of money—but how much? To help answer this question the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has developed a new methodology to determine […]

Talking to Each Other: Developing Effective Education and Training Programs for Conflict Prevention, Stabilization, and Resolution


The beginning of a new term for President Barack Obama marks a chance to assess the development of an integrated U.S. approach to conflict prevention and resolution. The mission remains […]

Building a Platform for Peace


Peacebuilding is fundamentally about managing relationships, and there is nothing that technology effects more: Whether it is the relationships between institutions, ideologies, or individuals, the invention and adoption of new […]

From Conflict to Coping: Promoting Drought Resilience through Peacebuilding

The concept of resilience has gained renewed attention since the 2011 drought in the Horn of Africa. Humanitarian and development actors are keen to avoid the need for massive relief […]

A New Deal for the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a founding member of the G7+ group, a country-owned and -led global mechanism to monitor, report, and draw attention to the challenges […]

Documentary Film Review: The Interrupters (dir. Steve James)


The Interrupters follows the work of an anti–gang violence group working on the south side of Chicago, where youth violence is endemic. The “interrupters” are older members of the community—some […]

Book Review: Opting Out of War: Strategies to Prevent Violent Conflict


Book by Mary B. Anderson and Marshall Wallace Opting Out of War tells the stories of thirteen different communities around the world—in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Fiji, India, Kosovo, […]