Books

Peacebuilding Through Dialogue

Building on an op-ed in the Washington Post on loving the enemy, this post explores how that lead to dialogue and peacebuilding.

Peacebuilding Through Dialogue2019-03-12T18:56:11+00:00

Evolution and Peacebuilding

I have long been fascinated by evolution. Here, I try to explore how expanding peacebuilding is our next evolutionary challenge.

Evolution and Peacebuilding2019-02-04T16:21:41+00:00

Bringing the State Back In

I started my career as a political scientist and am now a peacebuilder. The two fields obviously overlap, but the nature of that overlap has not been obvious. However, after reading Rachel Kleinfeld’s wonderful new book, A Savage Order, I’m beginning to see not only where the connections lie but also where we need to (re)direct our peacebuilding work. Thirty years ago, Theda Skocpol and others convinced a lot of political scientists that we had to “bring the state back in” to our research on comparative politics which was then focused on voting behavior and the like. They were right then. They are right for peacebuilding in other ways today.

Bringing the State Back In2018-12-10T13:39:25+00:00

Democracy and Peacebuilding

I will be humbled this week. Not humiliated. Just shown how little I know about something I should know a lot about. A colleague will be in DC to interview me and others for a project a leading British funder with ties to the British government has asked him to do on best practices for restoring democratic legitimacy in countries emerging from war, including places like Iraq, Syria, Libya, and the like.I’m writing this post to prepare myself so that I don’t waste his time. The ideas in it will also find their way into the peace and conflict studies textbook I’m finishing.  As a result, this post will be a bit longer than usual.

Democracy and Peacebuilding2018-11-25T22:32:15+00:00