At turns surprising, funny, and gut-wrenching, this is the hopeful story of the ordinary yet extraordinary people who have figured out how to build lasting peace in their communities.
“The Frontlines of Peace is not just another book about international politics. It’s a book that will change the way you see the world around you.” (Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, in her Foreword for The Frontlines of Peace)
The word “peacebuilding” evokes a story we’ve all heard over and over: Violence breaks out, foreign nations are scandalized, peacekeepers and million-dollar donors come rushing in, warring parties sign a peace agreement and, sadly, within months the situation is back to where it started—sometimes worse. But what strategies have worked to build lasting peace in conflict zones, particularly for ordinary citizens on the ground? And why should other ordinary citizens, thousands of miles away, care?
In The Frontlines of Peace, Séverine Autesserre, award-winning researcher and peacebuilder, examines the well-intentioned but inherently flawed peace industry. With examples drawn from across the globe, she reveals that peace can grow in the most unlikely circumstances. Contrary to what most politicians preach, building peace doesn’t require billions in aid or massive international interventions. Real, lasting peace requires giving power to local citizens.
The Frontlines of Peace tells the stories of the ordinary yet extraordinary individuals and organizations that are confronting violence in their communities effectively. One thing is clear: Successful examples of peacebuilding around the world, in countries at war or at peace, have involved innovative grassroots initiatives led by local people, at times supported by foreigners, often employing methods shunned by the international elite. By narrating success stories of this kind, Autesserre shows the radical changes we must take in our approach if we hope to build lasting peace around us—whether we live in Congo, the United States, or elsewhere.
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OP EDS BASED ON THE BOOK
- “There’s Another Way to Build Peace. And It Doesn’t Come from the Top Down,” Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, USA (October 2018)
- “Three Flawed Ideas Are Hurting International Peacebuilding,” Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, USA (March 2017)
- “Here’s What Congo Can Teach the World About Peace,” Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, USA (October 2016)
POLICY ARTICLES BASED ON THE BOOK
- “The Crisis of Peacekeeping: Why the UN Can’t End Wars” (January / February 2019)
- “The Right Way to Build Peace in Congo,” Foreign Affairs (April 2017)
- “What the Uproar Over Congo’s Elections Misses,” Foreign Affairs (March 2017)
SCHOLARLY ARTICLES BASED ON THE BOOK
- “International Peacebuilding and Local Success: Assumptions and Effectiveness,” International Studies Review (2017)
- “Going Micro: Emerging and Future Peacekeeping Research,” International Peacekeeping (2014)
MEDIA REPORTS ON THE BOOK
- Video interview on Médialab (September 2019)
- Video story on Peace News Network (January 2019)
- TV show on RT (January 2019)
- Podcast Kujenga Amani (August 2018)
- Podcast Peacebuilders (May 2018)
NEWS ARTICLES ABOUT THE BOOK
VIDEOS OF TALKS ON THE BOOK