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Building Peace: Practical Reflections from the Field

Craig Zelizer and Robert A. Rubinstein, editors
Building Peace: Practical Reflections from the Field
ISBN: 978-1-56549-289-9
ISBN: 978-1-56549-286-8
ISBN: 978-1-62637-735-6
2009/332 pages/LC: 2009002315
A Kumarian Press Book
"An enlightening, encouraging, and fascinating set of reports about effective peacebuilding endeavors.... Certainly, these highly diverse actions deserve widespread attention and frequent emulation."—Louis Kriesberg, Syracuse University

"Presents a rich set of case studies of courage in peacebuilding that should inspire another generation of peacemakers.... There is much to be learned here for practitioners, students, and teachers of peace."—Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Georgetown University Law Center

"This book neatly brings together various methodologies, an impressive range of local and international settings, and a number of time frames to give a powerful response to a real ‘demand’ on peacebuilding today:  How do we assess the successes (and failures) of what we do? Bravo to Craig Zelizer, Robert Rubinstein, their colleagues—and to the Alliance for Peacebuilding for supporting this initiative."—William R. Headley, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego

"Both rigorous and readable ... an important resource for the classroom instructor and student, the peacebuilding researcher, and all others who aspire toward a more secure and thriving world."—Daniel L. Shapiro, Harvard International Negotiation Program


A project of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, this book presents 13 stories of innovative—and effective—peacebuilding practices from around the world.


Craig Zelizer is associate director of the Conflict Resolution Program at Georgetown University and founder of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network. Robert A. Rubinstein is professor of anthropology and international relations at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.


  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • Taming the Beast: Interethnic Conflict and Accord in Postcommunist Europe—A.H. Kassof.
  • The Institution as Innovator: Laying the Foundation for Peaceful Change—B. Glick and L.R. Levy.
  • An 85 Percent Settlement Rate and a 91 Percent Compliance Rate: But What Happened to the Rest and Why?—W.F. Lincoln, A. Karpenko, L. Ivanova, O. Allakhverdova, P. Davis and D. Hooper, with S. Kane and T.D.M. Evans.
  • Designing Dispute Resolution Systems for Settling Land and Property Disputes in Postconflict and Postcrisis Societies—C. Moore and G. Brown.
  • Recasting Reconciliation Through Culture and the Arts: Strengthening Peacebuilding Capacity Through the Brandeis International Fellowship Program—C. Cohen.
  • Partners in Peacebuilding in Lesotho—J. Davies, W. Fekade, M. Hoohlo, E. Kaufman and M. Shale.
  • Combining Empathy with Problem Solving: The Tamra Model of Facilitation in Israel—E.F. Babbitt and P.P.Steiner, with J. Asaqla, C. Chomsky-Porat, and S. Kirschner.
  • Health Bridges for Peace: The Medical Network for Social Reconstruction in the Former Yugoslavia—P. Gutlove.
  • Gender Mainstreaming in Peacebuilding: A Case Study of Grupo EKOLELO in Angola—H.P. Kulp.
  • Management of Multicultural Communities in Crimea—K. Korostelina.
  • Building Peace in Thin Air: The Case of Search for Common Ground's Talking Drum Studio in Sierra Leone—M. Konings and A. James.
  • The Dynamism of Shared Success in Abkhaz-Georgian Peacebuilding—P. Garb and S.A. Nan.
  • Promoting Ethnic Tolerance and Cultural Inclusion in Macedonia: The Tetovo Educators Project—P. Green and O.S. Dreier.