24 November 2014: Listen to Séverine Autesserre discuss the findings of her new book, 'Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention'

9781107052109Séverine Autesserre is the author of a new book Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention which explores the largely separate world of interveners and expatriates working in the field of peacebuilding. Debate around reforming peacebuilding and large-scale international interventions largely focuses on macro-level constraints, such as funding or donor agencies, but Séverine offers a new explanation. Based on several years of ethnographic research in conflict-zones, Peaceland looks more closely at the problems, with microscopic proportion.

Focusing on the everyday practices, habits and routines of diplomats, donors, NGO staff and military peacekeepers working on peacebuilding, Peaceland argues the separate world they tend to inhabit and lack of contact with host populations, is counter-productive and inefficient. As a result, local stakeholders are rarely incorporated in the design stage of peacebuilding programmes, it’s largely the remit of external actors often using a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to peacebuilding.

Despite the emergence of ‘local ownership’ in peacebuilding discourse, little has changed on the ground. Peaceland serves as timely and important contribution to challenging conventional practice, offering solutions and new models to reform the peacebuilding world.

Séverine has kindly agreed to discuss her findings with Insight on Conflict. You can listen to the interview here: https://insightonconflict.org/media/wp-content/uploads/peacebuilding-podcast-9-peaceland.mp3 

 

More from the blog

Five years in the making, and drawing on the experiences of over 3,000 local peacebuilders, we are delighted to be releasing ‘Working with Conflict 2, a go-to, practical resource for peacebuilders, people working in conflict situations or people studying conflict transformation within a variety of disciplines. Read more »

18 November 2020

Mali was one of the last countries in Africa to record an outbreak of coronavirus, however the impact of the pandemic on the country is now widespread, and tensions are mounting. In this article, our local peacebuilding expert from Mali examines the government measures to halt the spread of the virus, the impact of the virus on local peacebuilding, and the initiatives happening on the ground to raise awareness and keep people safe. Read more »

10 September 2020

Shelby Kim and Logan Grubb are Program Organizers at Urban Rural Action. Shelby lives in Philadelphia and Logan lives in Gettysburg in Adams County, PA. They are both involved in Uniting for Action: Pennsylvania, a non-partisan initiative led by Urban Rural Action to build connections and take joint action to address community challenges across distance and difference in Pennsylvania. Read more »

03 November 2020

More from the blog