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Practical Approaches to Peacebuilding: Putting Theory to Work

Pamina Firchow and Harry Anastasiou, editors
Practical Approaches to Peacebuilding: Putting Theory to Work
ISBN: 978-1-62637-457-7
ISBN: 978-1-62637-458-4
ISBN: 978-1-62637-572-7
2016/180 pages/LC: 2015038596
"The challenge of 'putting theory to work' is fraught with difficulties.... This book is a courageous, welcome, and thought-provoking step in the right direction."— Herman T. Salton,

"Practical Approaches to Peacebuilding: Putting Theory to Work … demonstrates achievements, suggests ideas for teaching, stimulates further thoughts on what students of peace need and can do, and provides input to further the study of peacebuilding."—Peter Wallensteen Uppsala University and University of Notre Dame

"This well-balanced volume approaches peacebuilding from a variety of important geographical and theoretical directions.... It is a valuable asset for anyone looking for a comprehensive view of the subject."—Karl DeRouen, University of Alabama


What is sustainable peacebuilding? And what is the relationship between empirical realities and theoretical approaches to the subject? The authors of Practical Approaches to Peacebuilding present a series of case studies from around the world to explore how various peacebuilding theories engage and interact with lived experiences, and also to elaborate useful new theoretical perspectives.


Pamina Firchow is assistant professor of conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Harry Anastasiou is professor of international peace and conflict studies and director of the Conflict Resolution Program at Portland State University.


  • Foreword—Peter Wallensteen.
  • Peacebuilding in Theory and Practice—P. Firchow and H. Anastasiou.
  • The Peace Triangle: Capturing Peace After Military Victory in Sri Lanka—K. Höglund, M. Söderberg Kovacs, and W. Thiyagaraja.
  • Development and Peacebuilding: Dam Construction and Violence in the Amazon—A. Freitas and F. Lethem.
  • Religion and Peacebuilding: Human Insecurity and the Colonial Legacy in Myanmar—G. Shani and S. Saeed.
  • Gender and Peacebuilding: Hybridity and Friction in the Pacific Islands—N. George and C. Doerksen.
  • Refugees and Peacebuilding: "Poor Country Problems" in Cambodia and Bosnia-Herzegovina—S. Edington and C. Hughes.
  • Engaging the Liberal Peace Paradigm: The Case of Rotary International—P. Firchow.
  • Appendix: Rotary International's Contribution to Peace—H. Anastasiou.