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Peacebuilding: A Field Guide

Luc Reychler and Thania Paffenholz, editors
Peacebuilding: A Field Guide
ISBN: 978-1-55587-937-2
2000/573 pages/LC: 00-031092
Published in association with the Field Diplomacy Initiative
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"The editors masterfully bring together the knowledge and experience of over 50 scholars and practitioners.... This comprehensive volume could be very useful to practitioners as well as in the classroom."—Carolyn Shaw, Journal of Conflict Studies


A milestone in the search for sustainable peace, this handbook highlights the invaluable contributions of people working in the field. The authors clarify how fieldworkers "fit" in the overall peacebuilding process; provide details of the most effective practices; and offer guidelines for preparing for the field.

Part 1 of the book introduces concepts and tools for sustainable peacebuilding, including chapters on selecting and training fieldworkers. Part 2 focuses on seven specific peacebuilding activities: mediation, monitoring, linking development aid and peacebuilding, training local peacebuilders, dealing with the media, reconciliation, and peacekeeping. Part 3 addresses the practical and emotional problems that fieldworkers confront on an almost daily basis. And Part 4 provides an overview of the lessons learned from the previous chapters.

Written for a broad readership, Peacebuilding offers a repertoire of concrete methods that researchers and practitioners can use to analyze contemporary conflict dynamics, to develop a better peacebuilding architecture, and to heighten the synergy of their efforts.


Luc Reychler is professor emeritus of international relations and director of the Center for Peace Research and Strategic Studies at the University of Leuven in Belgium. He also serves as chairman of the Field Diplomacy Initiative. His recent publications include Democratic Peacebuilding: The Devil Is in the Transition and Burundi: Le défi de la paix. Thania Paffenholz is a peacebuilding researcher and adviser based in Bern, Switzerland. She is a lecturer in political science at the University of Bern and has served for several years as adviser to the European Commission on peacebuilding in the Horn of Africa.


  • From Conflict to Sustainable Peacebuilding: Concepts and Analytical Tools.
  • Selecting People.
  • Training People.
  • Creating Awareness.
  • Selecting Approaches to Mediation.
  • Traditional Approaches to Negotiation and Mediation: Examples from Africa.
  • Identifying Key Actors in Conflict Situations.
  • Designing the Mediation Process.
  • Monitoring.
  • Relief Aid and Development Cooperation.
  • Training Local Peacebuilders.
  • Media.
  • Dealing with the Past and Imaging the Future.
  • Security.
  • Managing Stress.
  • Dialogue and Listening.
  • Dealing with Moral Dilemmas.
  • Coordination and Codes of Conduct.
  • Peacebuilding: A Comprehensive Learning Process.