Peacebuilding Strategies

There are a variety of theoretical models for resolving conflict and establishing post-conflict justice, but which actually work in the field? Furthermore, conflict resolution theory, various peacemaking approaches, and transitional justice are often lumped together into a single, all-encompassing field: what distinguishes different approaches? This class (GOVT 496) evaluated such models, including the “responsibility to rebuild” doctrine and US government frameworks for reconstruction and stabilization, with particular attention given to the efforts of religious actors engaged in peacebuilding. Over the course of the semester, students interviewed foreign policy experts, in and out of government, on the elements of peacebuilding. In addition to their individual research projects, they published their findings in a report at the end of the semester.


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