Building Peace Practical Reflections From the Field, A Book edited by Craig Zelizer and Robert A. Rubinstein

A reminder that this is a very useful book that Dr. Zelizer co-edited about innovation and impact in peacebuilding. The book is still for sale and relevant to practice & policy today.

Building Peace Practical Reflections From the Field

Edited by Craig Zelizer , Robert A. Rubinstein

To order the book see https://www.rienner.com/title/Building_Peace The book is also available on Amazon.

“This volume provides an enlightening, encouraging, and fascinating set of reports about effective peacebuilding endeavors. These accounts and assessments were written by persons directly engaged in each undertaking and yield valuable lessons. Certainly, these highly diverse actions deserve widespread attention and frequent emulation.”
Louis Kriesberg, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies, Syracuse University

“Building Peace presents a rich set of case studies of courage in peacebuilding that should inspire another generation of peacemakers. The authors provide a great variety of blueprints for communities, nations and multi-cultural groups dealing with the aftermath or reduction of ongoing and often violent conflicts. That the case studies come from such diverse areas demonstrates that having multiple approaches and processes in our peacemaking toolkit makes peacebuilding possible in widely divergent cultural and geopolitical settings. There is much to be learned here for practitioners, students and teachers of peace. It will make a great contribution to courses on conflict resolution, prevention and handling and on post-conflict peacebuilding analysis and practice.”
Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Professor of Law, Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure, Georgetown University Law Center and author of Dispute Resolution: Beyond the Adversarial Model

“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 Drs. Craig Zelizer, Robert Rubinstein, their colleagues — and to the Alliance for Peacebuilding in supporting this initiative.”
William R. Headley, Dean, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego

“A must-read for all who care about a brighter future for our world. This book demonstrates the significant impact of peacebuilding across conflicts and communities — and it showcases examples from an impressive range of contexts, from political diplomacy to healthcare, the arts to land disputes. The book is both rigorous and readable and, as such, is 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, Director, Harvard International Negotiation Program

Even though international peacebuilding has rapidly expanded in the last two decades to respond to more multi-faceted and complex conflicts, the field has lagged behind in documenting the impact and success of projects. To help address this gap, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, one of the leading networks in the field, has brought together 13 stories of innovative peacebuilding practices from around the world in Building Peace.

While the projects covered are diverse in nature, together they demonstrate the significant impact of peacebuilding work. Contributors created new institutions to prevent and manage conflicts at the local or national levels, helped restore relationships in conflict-affected communities, and empowered citizens to work for positive change in their societies across ethnic, religious, and political divides.

It’s clear that there is no quick fix for violence but this volume will go a long way in providing inspiration and practical tools for policymakers, academics and practitioners who seek to make significant and valuable contributions towards achieving peace.

Craig Zelizer is the Associate Director of the Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution Program within the Department of Government at Georgetown University and a Senior Partner with the Alliance for Conflict Transformation. He has over 15 years experience in peacebuilding activities around the world, including assessment, training, dialogue, capacity building and evaluation work. He has published several articles on trauma and peacebuilding, arts and peacebuilding, and careers in international peace and conflict resolution. He is also the founder of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, a leading online platform to bring together scholars and practitioners working on international conflict. He holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

Robert A. Rubinstein is professor of anthropology and international relations at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, where from 1994-2005 he directed the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and his Ms.P.H. from the University of Illinois School of Public Health. His research focuses on cultural aspects of dispute settlement, international health, and the anthropological study of peacekeeping. He is a founding member and current Co-Chair of the Commission on Peace and Human Rights of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. He has published more than 85 journal articles and book chapters and is author or editor of 7 books, most recently Peacekeeping Under Fire: Culture and Intervention.


1) Introduction: Peacebuilding: Creating Structure and Capacity for Peace Craig Zelizer and Robert A. Rubinstein;

2) Taming the Beast: Interethnic Conflict and Accord in Post – Communist Europe – Allen H. Kassof;

3) The Institution as Innovator: Laying the Foundation for Peaceful Change – Beth Glick and Laina Reynolds Levy;

4) An 85 Percent Settlement Rate and a 91 Percent Compliance Rate: But what Happened to the Rest and Why? – William F. Lincoln, Alexander Karpenko, Lena Ivanova, Olga Allahverdova, Polly Davis, Dawn Hooper with Seth Kane and Terra D. M. Evans;

5) Designing Dispute Resolution Systems for Settling Land and Property Disputes in Post-Conflict and Post-Crisis Societies – Christopher Moore and Gary Brown;

6) Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts: Strengthening Peace-building Capacity through The Brandeis International Fellowship Program – Cynthia Cohen;

7) Partners in Peacebuilding in Lesotho – John Davies, Wubalem Fekade, ‘Mamphekeleli Hoohlo, Edy Kaufman, and Mamochaki Shale;

8) Combining Empathy with Problem Solving: The Tamra Model of Facilitation in Israel – Eileen F. Babbitt and Pamela Pomerance Steiner with Jabir Asaqla, Chassia Chomsky-Porat and Shirli Kirschner;

9) Health Bridges for Peace: The Medical Network for Social Reconstruction in the Former Yugoslavia – Paula Gutlove;

10) Gender Mainstreaming in Peacebuilding: A Case Study of Grupo EKOLELO in Angola – Heather Kulp;

11) Management of Multi-cultural Communities in Crimea – Karina Korostelina;

12) Building Peace in Thin Air: The Case of Search for Common Ground’s Talking Drum Studio in Sierra Leone – Marco Konings & Ambrose James;

13) The Dynamism of Shared Success in Abkhaz: Georgian Peacebuilding – Paula Garb and Susan Allen Nan;

14) Promoting Ethnic Tolerance and Cultural Inclusion in Macedonia: The Tetovo Educators Project – Paula Green and Olivia Stokes Dreier

320 pp., 6″ x 9″, May 2009

Published by Kumarian Press


Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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