Interview with the Author
About the Book
The international community invests billions annually in thousands of discrete projects designed to overcome poverty, stop violence, spread human rights, fight terrorism, and combat global warming. The hope is that these separate projects will “add up” to lasting societal change in places like Afghanistan.In reality, these initiatives are not adding up to sustainable peace. Making Peace Last applies systems thinking to help improve the productivity of peacebuilding, broadly defined.
This book defines the theory, analysis, and practice needed to create peacebuilding approaches that are as dynamic and adaptive as the societies they are trying to affect. The book is based on a combination of field experience and research into systems thinking, peace and conflict, and conflict resolution. The primary audience is policy makers and practitioners from the many fields that make up peacebuilding. This book can also be used as a textbook in courses on peacebuilding, security, and development.
Making Peace Last is a comprehensive approach to finding sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems.
Praise for Making Peace Last
"No bigger challenge faces humanity than how to build peace. In this insightful, provocative, and practical book, Robert Ricigliano shows us how to take a systems approach. A very useful contribution!"
- William Ury, Harvard Negotiation Project and author of The Third Side: Why We Fight and How We Can Stop
"The advance of peace in the post-cold war era stopped around 2003, and global peace efforts must be reinvigorated. In his book, Rob Ricigliano uses his research and experience to describe not only why so many well-intended peace programs fail, but, more importantly, what can be done to systematically untangle the remaining wars and humanitarian outrages on our watch."
- Jan Egeland, UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, 2003-2006
"Those working to create more just and secure societies know they need to work together better to make good use of scarce resources. However, it is proving difficult in practice. Rob Ricigliano offers a practical blueprint for how, collectively, the international community can revolutionize its ability to achieve more cost-effective results."
- John Prendergast, Co-founder of the Enough Project