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Civil Society and Peacebuilding

Civil Society and Peacebuilding

Civil Society and Peacebuilding

Civil Society and Peacebuilding

A Critical Assessment

  • By: Thania Paffenholz

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ISBN: 9788130918563

Bind: Hardbound

Year: 2012

Pages: 528

Size: . mm

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.

Published in India by: Viva Books

Exclusive Distributors: Viva Books

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


"Breaks new ground in analyzing the role of civil society in peacebuilding."
Korey Dyck, International Journal on World Peace

"Extremely comprehensive and ground-breaking in many respects."
—V••ronique DudouetDie 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.


WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW • Understanding Civil Society • Civil Society and the State • Civil Society and Peacebuilding • A Comprehensive Analytical Framework • CASE STUDIES: APPLYING THE FRAMEWORK • Guatemala: A Dependent and Fragmented Civil Society • Northern Ireland: Civil Society and the Slow Building of Peace • Bosnia-Herzegovina: Civil Society in a Semiprotectorate • Turkey: The Kurdish Question and the Coercive State • Cyprus: A Divided Civil Society in Stalemate • Israel and Palestine: Civil Societies in Despair • Afghanistan: Civil Society Between Modernity and Tradition • Nepal: From Conflict to Consolidating a Fragile Peace • Sri Lanka: Peace Activists and Nationalists • Somalia: Civil Society in a Collapsed State • Nigeria: Dilemmas of Co-optation in the Niger Delta • WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED • What Civil Society Can Contribute to Peacebuilding • Enabling and Disenabling Factors for Civil Society Peacebuilding • Conclusion.


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 co-editor of Peacebuilding: A Field Guide.



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