Explore our publications, from research papers and series to educational materials, covering all aspects of conflict transformation and peace promotion.
Conflict Transformation through State ReformHandbook Article
Explores the significance of state reform for transformation of war-torn areas. The author presents three strategic approaches: participatory strategies (i.e. democratisation, strengthening of civil society, dialogue); institution building and institutional reform (i.e. federalisation, decentralisation, constitutional and judicial reform); and security needs (i.e. human rights, human security). (revised for 2004 print edition)
- Author(s)Günter Bächler
Trends and Causes of Armed ConflictHandbook Article
Gives an overview of current findings on causes of armed conflict, identifying injustice and mobilisation as key concepts. The author shares insights on where to look for signs of potential escalation, where to seek and how to utilise opportunities for preventing violent escalation. (revised for 2004 print edition)
- Author(s)Dan Smith
Supporting Justice, Co-Existence and Reconciliation after Armed Conflict: Strategies for Dealing with the PastHandbook Article
- Author(s)Gunnar Theissen
Culture, Power Asymmetries and Gender in Conflict TransformationHandbook Article
Highlights conflict transformation approaches as necessarily having to deal with the closely linked categories of power asymmetries, gender inequality and cultural difference. The author argues that an overarching, global culture of domination exists. The emancipation of marginalised groups stimulates, and results from, the fundamental culture shift which conflict transformation implies. (revised for 2004 print edition).
- Author(s)Diana Francis
Facilitation Skills for Interpersonal TransformationHandbook Article
Describes the most important skills and tools facilitators need in order to enhance capacities at the individual and interpersonal level. The author presents: skills used in moment-by-moment interaction with parties; techniques for facilitating sustained dialogue; and principles of process design for addressing the larger institutional and structural realities of conflicts. (revised for 2004 print edition)
- Author(s)Ron Kraybill
Berghof Handbook GlossaryHandbook Article
Writers in the field of conflict studies often use key terms in loose and contradictory ways, reflecting the reality that concepts have not been clearly defined. To encourage coherent usage of these terms the following definitions have been adopted for the purposes of the Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation. Nevertheless individual authors on occasion have used some terms in a specific way in relation to the particular argument in their chapter. In these circumstances the special use of the term is clearly explained and otherwise the following definitions are general usage in the Handbook.
Consilience of Knowledge for Sustained Positive Peace: A response to the Articles by Cordula Reimann and Hugh MiallHandbook Article Response
The articles by Hugh Miall and Cordula Reimann in Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation (2001) attempt to map out a distinct theory of conflict transformation, but in the process they present the field of conflict resolution as a problem-solving theory (herein after, referred individually as ‘Article 1’ and ‘Article 2’, and collectively as ‘the Articles’). Conflict resolution is represented in the Articles by singularity of strategy, target group and as envisaging an end point to conflicts, when parties arrive at a ‘positive sum outcome’ (Miall, 2001:3; Reimann, 2001:13). This leads to a claim that conflict resolution is a relatively simplistic approach to contemporary conflicts (Miall, 2001:1), hence the Articles consider and develop conflict transformation as a more realistic approach to protracted violent conflict situations
- Author(s)Githathevi Kanisin
Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment: Critical Views on Theory and PracticeHandbook Dialogue Series No. 1 - complete
Over the last ten years, interest in conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities has increased significantly. As a result of this interest, there is a high demand for "model" projects, examples of good practice and "lessons learned" which can be transferred to other projects and regions. Supply, though, does not match this demand. There are still no quick and easy answers to the question of how best to assess, monitor and evaluate peace practices. On the contrary, experience shows that assessing and measuring the impact and outcomes of peacebuilding activities is actually a very complicated task. The articles and comments in this first issue of the Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series reflect the state of the art in peace and conflict impact assessment (PCIA) from a variety of angles.
Kriz Yönetimiyle Baglantili Devlet ReformuHandbook Article
[Özet makine çevirisi] Savaşın parçaladığı bölgelerin dönüşümü için devlet reformunun önemini araştırıyor. Yazar üç stratejik yaklaşım sunmaktadır: katılımcı stratejiler (yani demokratikleşme, sivil toplumun güçlendirilmesi, diyalog); kurumsal yapılanma ve kurumsal reform (yani federalleşme, ademi merkeziyetçilik, anayasal ve yargı reformu); ve güvenlik ihtiyaçları (yani insan hakları, insan güvenliği). (2004 baskı baskısı için revize edildi)
- Author(s)Günter Bächler
Kriz Bölgelerinde Savas Çikma Egilimleri ve NedenleriHandbook Article
[Özet makine çevirisi] Silahlı çatışmanın nedenleri hakkındaki mevcut bulgulara genel bir bakış sunarak adaletsizliği ve seferberliği anahtar kavramlar olarak tanımlar. Yazar, potansiyel tırmanma belirtilerinin nerede aranacağına, nerede aranacağına ve şiddet içeren tırmanışı önlemek için fırsatlardan nasıl yararlanılacağına dair içgörüler paylaşıyor. (2004 baskı baskısı için revize edildi)
- Author(s)Dan Smith