People, Peace and Power: Conflict Transformation in Action

By Diana Francis: London: Pluto Press, 2002, 264pp. As the psychologist Ronald Fisher has written “One of the most serious global problems facing the world as it lurches into the new millennium is how to manage destructive and protracted conflict between groups with differing identities who are interacting within the same political system.” Such conflict […]

The dynamics of conflict resolution

By Bernard Mayer (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000,263pp.) From his long experience as a mediator, Bernard Mayer writes “What makes a successful peacemaker or conflict resolver is not a set of processes, methodologies, or tactics; it is a way of thinking, a set of values, an array of analytical and interpersonal skills, and a clear focus.” It […]

The shifting grounds of conflict and peacebuilding: Stories and lessons

By John W. McDonald with Noa Zanolli, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008, 341pp. This book is an increasingly used form of oral history collection — sometimes transformed into a book, sometimes kept as oral archives usually in university libraries.  John McDonald, US diplomat, UN administrator, and Track II diplomacy pioneer is interviewed by Noa Zanolli […]

Tools for Transformation

By Adam Curle, Hawthorn Press, 1990 ‘So we must discover how to recognizeand then up-root the weapons in the mind:the hates and irritations, fears and cravingsfor petty things that change to monstrous luststhat mobilize the hates, stir mobs to kill,and blight the tender flowers of compassion.‘ Adam Curle, basically a sociologist first concerned with education […]