Twenty-first century life is dominated by wicked problems whose causes and consequences are so inextricably intertwined that they cannot be solved quickly, easily, or separately–if they can be solved at all. Peacebuilding is a process of confronting wicked problems. If I’ve learned anything in my time as a peacebuilder it’s that you can’t create lasting peace “simply” by signing an agreement–a product often difficult to produce, in and of itself. Truly building peace requires addressing all of the root causes of a given conflict, and usually addressing them together.
I’ve designed this site to help you come to grips with these issues, especially those that involving peacebuilding and comparative politics. These are the two areas I’ve worked on the most, but there are places where you’ll see that I’ve defined those terms quite broadly. Scroll down this page to see the kinds of problems that have preoccupied me throughout me adult life.
Between now and the end of June, I will be adding material to and changing the structure of this site now that From Conflict Resolution to Peacebuilding is out. I ill also be adding material on the way the coronavirus has impacted my work. Please bear with me and be patient. Feel free to use the Contact menu to make suggestions about things I should include. Or tell me about any problems you find on the site. I’m sure there will be plenty of them during the transition–and beyond.