Essential Books for Conflict Transformation


A list of “100 Resource Books for Conflict Transformation,” as recommended by the prestigious Berghof Research Center in Berlin, includes eight books written or edited by faculty of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies:

By John Darby, professor of comparative ethic studies:

  • The Effects of Violence on Peace Processes (USIP Press, 2001)
  • The Management of Peace Processes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)
  • Contemporary Peacemaking: Conflict, Violence and Peace Processes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)

By John Paul Lederach, professor of international peacebuilding:

  • Preparing for Peace: Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (Syracuse University Press, 1995)
  • Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies (USIP, 1997)
  • A Handbook of International Peacebuilding:  Into the Eye of the Storm (Jossey-Bass, 2002)
  • The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace (Oxford University Press, 2005) 

By Peter Wallensteen, Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor of Peace Studies:

  • Understanding Conflict Resolution: War, Peace and the Global System (Sage Publications, 2002) 

The Berghof Center for Constructive Conflict Management conducts research on ethnopolitical conflict and actively supports peacebuilding around the world. Conflict transformation is the process by which the people, events, and relationships that support violence are transformed into peaceful outcomes.

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