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Summary of Building Peace By John Paul Lederach Summary written by Tanya Glaser, Conflict Research Consortium Citation: John Paul Lederach, Building. Book Review: John Paul Lederach, Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies (Washington D.C.: United States Institute of Peace, Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Lederach, John Paul. Building peace: sustainable reconciliation in divided societies / John Paul Lederach.

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It is still rather poorly suited to respond to the features and dynamics which give rise to contemporary communal-type conflicts.

Different peacebuilding activities are possible and appropriate at different levels of leadership. His approach peacs conflict and peace building suggest a strategic, responsive approach to evaluation.

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Other editions – View all Building Peace: Lederach suggests six sets of inquiries. Skip to main content. Colleague Activities Find out about the intractable conflict-related work that others in the peace and conflict field are doing.

The goal is to generate “continuous, dynamic, self-regenerating processes that maintain form over time and are able to adapt to environmental changes. Peace-donor conferences provide an opportunity for interested and involved agencies to identify needs, match needs to resources, and coordinate their activities.

Lederach argues that contemporary armed conflicts are more similar to communal and intercommunal conflicts than they are to international or interstate conflicts. These systems can themselves contribute pro-actively to the peace process.


In this approach, who participates in training becomes a more central issue, and training is seen as integral part of the peace building process. Check out our Quick Start Guide. Proposed conflict interventions should be reviewed by strategic resource groups, composed of experts from a variety of disciplines.

Summary of “Building Peace”

Contemporary armed conflicts also tend to be long-standing. The Handbook of Conflict Lederzch Issues arise within relationships, which exist within the larger context of subsystems, and ultimately society-wide systems.

It also makes allows us to address the psychological components of conflict. Finally, external peacemakers should try to link their activities with internal peacemakers. The Intractable Conflict Challenge Find out what you can do to help society more constructively handle the intractable conflicts that are making so many problems insoluble.

References to this book The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: A pewce and open online seminar that takes a complexity-oriented approach to frontier-of-the-field issues related to intractable conflict.

Such conflicts are fueled more by psychological or cultural factors than by substantive issues. First, it must transform the international culture which accepts and promotes the global sale of weapons. Negotiations attempt to bring overt conflicts to a situation of balanced lederacy and high awareness.

Builving argues that the systems which assign responsibility and accountability for financial and material support are as important as the material support itself. A major work from a seminal figure in the field of conflict resolution, Building Peace is John Paul Lederach’s definitive statement on peacebuilding.


Leadership occurs at three different levels: In Chapter Five Lederach adopts mediator Adam Curle’s matrix for describing the progress of conflicts in terms of the balance of power between the parties, and the degree to which the parties are aware of their conflicting needs and interests. Please Support Our Fundraising Drive.

Generally, coordination should focus on “creating strategic points of contact and coordination rather than rigid, centralized control.

The text concludes with four African case studies, contributed by John Prendergast, which illustrate elements of the Lederach buipding to conflict and peacebuilding. Unfortunately, international peacemaking remains oriented to interstate conflict.

United States Institute of Peace, These conflicts tend to arise within poor, developing nations. Sophisticated yet pragmatic, the volume explores the dynamics of contemporary conflict and presents an integrated framework for peacebuilding in which structure, process, resources, training, and evaluation are coordinated in an attempt to transform the conflict and effect reconciliation.

Lederach adopts researcher Maire Dugan’s nested foci paradigm for relating the immediate issues within a conflict to the larger systemic aspects.