Does conflict transformation work? Diana Francis reviews developments in the field over the past twenty years. She recognises that it has helped those engulfed in violent conflict to respond constructively, but also warns that the real requirement for peace is a global rejection of militarism. In an original and radical analysis, Francis argues that the dominant culture of power, resting on coercion and violence, must be displaced by the principles of interdependence, kindness and nonviolent solidarity. This is the only way that pacification - efforts to dominate and control - will be replaced by genuine peacebuilding. She calls upon peacemakers worldwide to embrace and develop the practice of nonviolent power, rejecting the culture and institutions of war and working with movements around the world for global demilitarisation and 'positive peace'.
Diana Francis has been described as one of the most experienced practitioners of conflict resolution. She is a former President of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and Chair of the Committee for Conflict Transformation Support. Her previous books, People, Peace and Power and Rethinking War and Peace are published by Pluto Press.
Acknowledgements Preface 1. Vision And Engagement 2. Ongoing Development 3. Dilemmas And Limitations 4. Peacebuilding And Pacification 5. Caught In Two Systems: Co-Option Or 6. Building The Praxis Of Nonviolence 7. Challenging The System 8. Agenda For Humanity Bibliography Index