BOOK TALK: Making Peace Last, with Robert Ricigliano, Thursday, 10/11, 6-7:30pm

Please join Robert Ricigliano, Director of the Institute of World Affairs at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, as he discusses his book, Making Peace Last: A Toolbox for Sustainable Peacebuilding (Paradigm Publishers, 2011))on Thursday, October 11th. Organized into three sections (“Unlocking the Power of Peacebuilding”; ” Systemic Peacebuilding Analysis and Planning”; and “Catalyzing Systemic Change”), this book is based on a combination of field experience and research into systems thinking, peace and conflict, and conflict resolution and offers sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems.

Persons wishing to attend may RSVP by Tuesday, October 8th.


Where: 306 Russell Hall, Teachers College, Columbia University

Write reviewers:

“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

“Thankfully, Making Peace Last arrives just as American policymakers realize that in order to build a modern security strategy, we must move away from reaction and toward resilience, away from borders and toward relationships. Today, our strength lies in the ability to see the United States in the scheme of things rather than as the scheme of things. This book shows us how.”
–Lorelei Kelly, Director, New Strategic Security Initiative

“The field of peacebuilding has long awaited a clear, systematic,, and coherent convergence of more than thirty years of practical and theoretical learning that makes a real difference in both pursuing and sustaining peaceful relationships in settings of protracted conflict. Ricigliano provides the vision, the tools, and the evidence that peace can last, but it requires a level of clear analysis, creative engagement and adaptive flexibility that go beyond our fragmented and too often piecemeal approaches to complex violent conflict.”
–John Paul Lederach, Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

“It may seem hard to believe but it is true: wars are on the decline. In the fifteen years between 1988 and 2003, more wars ended through negotiated settlement than had in the previous two hundred years. Robert Ricigliano tells us why in this vitally important new book. He details the important lessons we have learned on how to stop wars and prevent future conflict. If you care about peace, you need to read this book.”
–Joe Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund

Dr. Ricigliano teaches peacebuilding for the Department of Communication at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He has worked with governments, armed groups, donor agencies, community leaders, and security and development practitioners in peace processes around the world. He served as Executive Director of the Conflict Management Group and Associate Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project.

This event is sponsored by the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR), and the Gottesman Libraries.


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