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Decreasing Violence Through Knowledge


On the Frontlines of Peace

The Unlikely People Who Are Getting It Right

Book manuscript in progress. Agent: Susanna Lea

Plenty of books have discussed what has gone wrong when we have tried to resolve conflicts in the past. But what has gone right? On the Frontlines of Peace tells the stories of the extraordinary individuals and communities that have found an effective way to confront violence. It shows that, to end violence from war, we have to change the way we view and build peace.

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Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention

Cambridge University Press, 2014

Peaceland - War and Peace - Peacekeeping - Peacebuilding - International Interventions

Peaceland suggests a new explanation for why international peace interventions often fail to reach their full potential. Based on several years of ethnographic research in conflict zones around the world, it demonstrates that everyday elements – such as the expatriates’ social habits and usual approaches to understanding their areas of operation – strongly influence peacebuilding effectiveness.


Winner of the 2016 Best Book of the Year Award, International Studies Association

Winner of the 2015 Yale H. Ferguson Award, International Studies Association – Northeast

Honorable mention, 2015 Book of the Year Prize, Conflict Research Society

Honorable mention, 2015 Chadwick F. Alger Prize, International Studies Association

Honorable mention, 2014 Book of the Year, African Arguments

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The Trouble with the Congo

Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding

Cambridge University Press, 2010

The Trouble with the Congo - War and Peace - Peacekeeping - Peacebuilding - International interventions

The Trouble with the Congo suggests a new explanation for international peacebuilding failures in civil wars. Drawing from more than 330 interviews and a year and a half of field research, it develops a case study of the international intervention during the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s unsuccessful transition from war to peace and democracy (2003–2006).


Winner of the 2012 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order

Winner of the 2011 Chadwick F. Alger Prize, International Studies Association

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