Opting Out of War: Strategies to Prevent Violent ConflictMary B. Anderson and Marshall Wallace
A Global Observatory Must-Read Book in Peace and Security!
How do ordinary people, neither pacifists nor peace activists, come to decide collectively to eschew violent conflict and then develop strategies for maintaining their region as a nonwar area despite myriad pressures to the contrary?
Mary Anderson and Marshall Wallace analyze the experiences of thirteen nonwar communities that made conscious—and effective—choices not to engage in the fighting that surrounded them. Tracing the steps that these communities took and the strategies that evolved in each setting in response to local circumstances, the authors find lessons, as well, with broader relevance for international efforts to prevent violent conflict.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary B. Anderson is the author of Do No Harm: How Aid Can Support Peace–or War and Rising from the Ashes: Development Strategies in Times of Disaster. She retired from her position as executive director of CDA Collaborative Learning Projects in 2009. Marshall Wallace is director of the Do No Harm Project at CDA Collaborative Learning Projects and also directed CDA's Steps Toward Conflict Prevention Project.
- Preventing Violent Conflict.
- OPTIONS AND CHOICES FOR PREVENTING VIOLENT CONFLICT.
- Steps on the Path to Preventing Violent Conflict.
- Maintaining Community Cohesion.
- Leadership, Consultation, and Communication.
- Engaging with Armed Groups.
- International Involvement and Influence.
- From Options to Strategies.
- CASE STUDIES OF NONWAR COMMUNITIES.
- Afghanistan: Strategies of Resistance.
- Bosnia: Cross-Ethnic Solidarity.
- Colombia: A Story of Community Refusal.
- Mozambique: The Spirit of Mungoi.
- Rwanda: Muslims Reject Genocide.
- The Relevance of Nonwar Communities.
- Appendix: Project Case Studies.