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Civil Society and Peacebuilding

Civil Society and Peacebuilding

Civil Society and Peacebuilding

A Critical Assessment

  • By: Thania Paffenholz

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ISBN: 9789386105318

Bind: Paperback

Year: 2018

Pages: 528

Size: 6 x 9 Inch

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

Sales Territory: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


"Extremely comprehensive and ground-breaking in many respects."
V'ronique Dudouet, Die Friedens-Warte

 "A major book.... The first systematic, realistic assessment of the role of civil society in peace processes."
John Darby, University of Notre Dame

 "This important contribution brings a theoretically informed and comparative analysis to the role of civil society in peacebuilding."
N'cla Tschirgi, University of Ottawa

 "The great strength of this well-structured and timely contribution lies in the connection of solid empirical findings with theoretical concepts."
Siegmar Schmidt, University of Landau


Responding to the burgeoning interest in the role of civil society in peace processes, this groundbreaking collaborative effort identifies the constructive functions of civil society in support of peacebuilding both during and in the aftermath of armed conflict. The authors also highlight the factors that support those functions and the obstacles to their fulfillment. A comprehensive analytical framework is applied to 11 country cases, not only allowing comparative analysis, but also providing a new tool for further research.


Target Audience:

People interested in the role of civil society in peace processes.



Part 1: Context: What We Already Know

Chapter 1. Understanding Civil SocietyChristoph Spurk

Chapter 2. Civil Society and the StateKjell Erling Kjellman and Kristian Berg Harpviken

Chapter 3. Civil Society and PeacebuildingThania Paffenholz

Chapter 4. A Comprehensive Analytical FrameworkThania Paffenholz and Christoph Spurk


Part 2: Case Studies: Applying the Framework

Chapter 5. Guatemala: A Dependent and Fragmented Civil SocietySabine Kurtenbach

Chapter 6. Northern Ireland: Civil Society and the Slow Building of PeaceRoberto Belloni

Chapter 7. Bosnia-Herzegovina: Civil Society in a SemiprotectorateRoberto Belloni and Bruce Hemmer

Chapter 8. Turkey: The Kurdish Question and the Coercive StateAys'e Bet'l 'elik

Chapter 9. Cyprus: A Divided Civil Society in StalemateEsra 'uhadar and Andreas Kotelis

Chapter 10. Israel and Palestine: Civil Societies in DespairEsra 'uhadar and Sari Hanafi

Chapter 11. Afghanistan: Civil Society Between Modernity and TraditionKaja Borchgrevink and Kristian Berg Harpviken

Chapter 12. Nepal: From Conflict to Consolidating a Fragile PeaceRhoderick Chalmers

Chapter 13. Sri Lanka: Peace Activists and NationalistsCamilla Orjuela

Chapter 14. Somalia: Civil Society in a Collapsed StateKen Menkhaus with Hassan Sheikh, Shane Quinn, and Ibrahim Farah

Chapter 15. Nigeria: Dilemmas of Co-optation in the Niger DeltaDarren Kew and Cyril Obi


Part 3: What We Have Learned

Chapter 16. What Civil Society Can Contribute to PeacebuildingThania Paffenholz

Chapter 17. Enabling and Disenabling Factors for Civil Society PeacebuildingThania Paffenholz, Christoph Spurk, Roberto Belloni, Sabine Kurtenbach, and Camilla Orjuela

Chapter  18. ConclusionThania Paffenholz


List of Acronyms


The Contributors


About the Book

About the Author:

Thania Paffenholz is lecturer in peace, development, and conflict studies and senior researcher at the Centre for Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She is coauthor of Aid for Peace: A Guide to Planning and Evaluation for Conflict Zones and coeditor of Peacebuilding: A Field Guide.


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