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Spotlight on peace & conflict studies . . .

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The Management of UN Peacekeeping: Coordination, Learning, and Leadership in Peace Operations

The Management of UN Peacekeeping: Coordination, Learning, and Leadership in Peace Operations

Julian Junk, Francesco Mancini, Wolfgang Seibel, and Till Blume, eds.

This groundbreaking book brings the insights of organization and public administration theories to the analysis and enhancement of complex peace operations. Focusing on three essential and interrelated aspects of organizations—coordination, learning, and leadership—the authors bridge the gap between research on UN peacekeeping and the realities confronted both in the office and in the    More >

The US Institute of Peace: A Critical History

Michael D. English

Long a source of contention and ambiguity in Washington, the US Institute of Peace (USIP) is seen by some as a vital part of the US national security apparatus, by others as a counter to the influence of militarism in US foreign policy, and by still others as an example of fiscal irresponsibility and bureaucratic redundancy—when it is noticed at all. Michael English traces the history of    More >

The US Institute of Peace: A Critical History
Practical Approaches to Peacebuilding: Putting Theory to Work

Practical Approaches to Peacebuilding: Putting Theory to Work

Pamina Firchow and Harry Anastasiou, editors

What is sustainable peacebuilding? And what is the relationship between empirical realities and theoretical approaches to the subject? The authors of Practical Approaches to Peacebuilding present a series of case studies from around the world to explore how various peacebuilding theories engage and interact with lived experiences, and also to elaborate useful new theoretical perspectives.    More >

Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration: Theory and Practice

Desmond Molloy

Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration, or DDR, has been widely advocated for decades as an essential component of postconflict peacebuilding. But DDR in practice has generated more questions than answers. Does the approach work, contributing to postconflict stabilization and the reintegration of former combatants? Can it work better? What constitutes success? What accounts for failures?    More >

Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration: Theory and Practice
Evolving Patterns of Peacekeeping: International Cooperation at Work

Evolving Patterns of Peacekeeping: International Cooperation at Work

Hikaru Yamashita

Though historically the term peacekeeping has essentially been shorthand for UN peacekeeping, recent years have seen a proliferation of actors and initiatives in a shift to global peacekeeping cooperation. Hikaru Yamashita explores the motivations behind this development, what forms it is taking, and what it means for the international community. His comprehensive account of peacekeeping    More >

 

NEWS AND NOTES

We were thrilled to see this review in Nature of Raymond Zilinskas & Philippe Mauger’s new investigative work, Biosecurity in Putin’s Russia. “The scholarship and cogent analysis in [this book] are formidable, as rigorous as any assessment of the country’s biological-warfare capability by the world’s best intelligence agencies.” Bravo!
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