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.
Individuals from all over the world and all walks of life share numerous practices, habits, and narratives when they serve as interveners in conflict zones. These common attitudes and actions enable foreign peacebuilders to function in the field, but they also result in unintended consequences that thwart international efforts. Certain expatriates follow alternative modes of thinking and doing, often with notable results, but they remain in the minority. Through an in-depth analysis of the interveners’ everyday life and work, this book proposes innovative ways to better help host populations build a sustainable peace.
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Reviews of the Book in Scholarly Journals
- Perspectives on Politics
- International Affairs
- African Affairs
- Journal of International Organizations Studies (forthcoming; advance access through academia.edu)
Reviews of the Book in Policy Journals and on various Blogs
- Times Higher Education
- International Peace Institute’s Global Observatory
- Wronging Rights
- African Arguments: reviews by Christoph Vogel and Michael Deibert
- International Rescue Committee
- Wandering Educators
- Barnard Magazine
- Janoschkullenberg: A Blog on People, Conflict, and Intervention
- Dr Samuel Mahaffy: Inspiring Hope and Awakening Possibility
Op Eds and Media Reports on the Book
- Interview on BBC World (starts at 26’30)
- Interview in Foreign Policy Interrupted
- Interview for USIP Academy
- Interview on Radio France Internationale (in French)
- Interview for CIGI’s Inside the Issues
- Q&As in the Duck of Minerva
- Interview in Cicero Magazine
- Op Ed in the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage blog
- Interview on Barnard’s website
- Interview on Europea Media
- Author’s interview with Cambridge University Press
- Interview with Insight on Conflict
Videos of Academic and Policy Talks on the Book