From Practice to Theory [2 volumes]
by Susan Allen Nan, Zachariah Cherian Mampilly, and Andrea Bartoli, Editors
November 2011, 873pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-37576-7
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Whenever we seek to understand others, build healthy relationships, soothe discord, right wrongs, or nurture respect, we are making peace. Whatever the situation, peacemaking is about learning—learning the other; learning the issue; learning the future; learning to co-create a new, shared reality. The more we know about how peace is made, the better equipped we are to help peace prevail.

In a world where conflict is never ending, this thoughtful compilation fosters a new appreciation of the art of peacemaking as it is understood and practiced in a variety of contemporary settings.

Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory is about seeing, knowing, and learning peacemaking as it exists in the real world. Built on the premise that peacemaking is among the most elemental of human experiences, this seminal work emphasizes the importance of practice and lived experiences in understanding the process and learning what works to nurture peace.

To appropriately reflect the diversity of peacemaking practices, challenges, and innovations, these two volumes bring together many authors and viewpoints. The first volume consists of two sections: “Peacemaking in Practice” and “Towards an Inclusive Peacemaking;” the second of two additional sections: “New Directions in Peacemaking” and “Interpreting Peacemaking.” As the title states, the work moves peacemaking beyond mere theory, showcasing peacemaking efforts produced, recorded, recognized, and understood by a variety of individuals and institutions. In doing so, it refocuses the study of peacemaking and guides readers to a systematic understanding and appreciation of the practices of peacemakers around the globe.


  • Contributions from an international, interdisciplinary team of 48 experts who bring together insights from peace and conflict resolution studies, anthropology, sociology, law, cultural studies, and political science
  • First-person narratives detailing the experiences of prominent peacemakers
  • Offers access to an ongoing, Internet-based, practice-to-theory project
  • An extensive bibliography of resources about peacemaking and related fields
Susan Allen Nan, PhD, is associate professor of conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. She is a scholar-practitioner of peacemaking with current engagement in the South Caucasus region, primarily with Georgians and Ossetians. Nan has engaged in conflict contexts with the Alliance for Conflict Transformation and the Carter Center and was a founding member of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. She holds a doctorate in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.

Zachariah Cherian Mampilly, PhD, is assistant professor of political science, international studies and Africana studies at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Mampilly's research focuses on the nature of contemporary conflict processes with an emphasis on Africa and South Asia. His first book, Rebel Rulers: Insurgent Governance and Civilian Life during War, was based on fieldwork behind insurgent lines in D.R. Congo, Sri Lanka, and Sudan. Mampilly received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his BA and MA from Tufts and Columbia universities, respectively.

Andrea Bartoli is Drucie French Cumbie Chair and Dean at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Bartoli works primarily on peacemaking and genocide prevention. An anthropologist from Rome, he completed his Italian dottorato di ricerca (PhD equivalent) at the University of Milan and his laurea (BA-MA equivalent) at the University of Rome. Bartoli is a member of the Community of Sant'Egidio.


"This thought-provoking and scholarly collection will be of greatest interest to those in the immediate and related fields of endeavor."—Library Journal, March 15, 2012

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