Dialogue Series No 7 - Peacebuilding at a Crossroads?

Author Title / Description Date
Beatrix Schmelzle & Martina Fischer (eds.)

Peacebuilding at a Crossroads? Dilemmas and Paths for Another Generation

In this Dialogue, practitioners and researchers reflect on the conditions of success or failure in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. The lead article expresses a lingering worry that complex economic and environmental crises, international factors of violence and war, and an underlying 'murkiness' of values may overwhelm the best efforts for social change and create a feeling that we are “just wasting our time”. The comments emphasize that values and approaches - as well as the international context, power politics and injustice - should be the objects of critical analysis. Investment in learning, honest self-reflection and critical peace research appear to be a must for effective practice. Others stress a need for more effective public mobilization for the effective prevention of violence. Many additional questions are raised and present food for thought for an ongoing debate.

Single articles in this dialogue include:

Martina Fischer and Beatrix Schmelzle


Simon Fisher and Lada Zimina

Just Wasting Our Time? Provocative Thoughts for Peacebuilders

Louis Kriesberg

Making Good Use of the Time: Contributions and Dilemmas of Non-governmental Actors in Peacebuilding

Diana Chigas and Peter Woodrow

Envisioning and Pursuing Peace Writ Large

Martina Weitsch

Mobilizing Public Opinion for Peace: The Next Challenge for the Peacebuilding Communities

Goran Bozicevic

Reflections on Peacebuilding from Croatia

Ulrike Hopp and Barbara Unger

Time to Learn: Expanding Organisational Capacities in Conflict Settings

Martina Fischer

Participatory Evaluation and Critical Peace Research:  A Precondition for Peacebuilding

Simon Fisher and Lada Zimina

Reflections on the Comments: Responses and More Queries

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