A Growth Industry (Book Review)

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Sr. Mary is one of many powerful examples encountered in Peacebuilding. That term itself does not come as readily to mind as “peacemaking,” for UN circles only started using it in the early 1990s. But the term and the concept are now a “growth industry,” according to Maryann Cusimano Love, one of the contributors to this collection. She lists many institutions and initiatives that now use the term, including the U.S. government and a number of nongovernmental organizations. R. Scott Appleby, a co-editor of the collection, explains that “peacebuilding” is a more comprehensive approach to violent conflict, one that embraces the stages of conflict resolution, peacekeeping, and postwar social reconstruction. “Peacebuilders strive to address all phases of these protracted conflicts, within which previolence, violence, and postviolence periods are difficult to differentiate.” According to Appleby, peacebuilding engages all sectors of society and all relevant actors.


Review of the book, The Oxford Studies of Strategic Peacebuilding, S. Appleby, J. P. Lederach & D. Philpott (Eds.).