Books by Faculty

Responding to Genocide: The Politics of International Action

Rienner, 2013

This volume, co-edited by Adam Lupel and Ernesto Verdeja and a project of the International Peace Institute, explores the causes of genocide and mass atrocities, examining the challenges involved in forging effective international policies to mitigate genocidal violence.

Globalization, Social Movements and Peacebuilding

Syracuse University Press, 2013

This volume, edited by Jackie Smith and Ernesto Verdeja, considers how global capitalism affects peace processes. By including the work of anthropologists, economists, sociologists, and political scientists, it presents a broad yet thorough exploration of the complexities of peacebuilding in a global market economy

When Peace Is Not Enough: How the Israeli Peace Camp Thinks about Religion, Nationalism, and Justice

University of Chicago Press, 2013

Atalia Omer cuts to the heart of the Israeli-Arab conflict, navigating complex arguments about ethnicity, boundaries and peace while highlighting groups that provide urgently needed resources for conflict analysis and peacebuilding.

Genocide Matters: Ongoing Issues and Emerging Perspectives

Routledge, 2013

This book, edited by Joyce Apsel and Ernesto Verdeja, provides an interdisciplinary overview of recent scholarship in genocide studies.

Religious Nationalism: A Reference Handbook

ABC-CLIO, 2013

Written by Atalia Omer and Jason Springs, this book tackles the assumptions behind common understandings of religious nationalism, exploring the complex connections between religion, nationalism, conflict, and conflict transformation.

I Did It to Save My Life: Love and Survival in Sierra Leone

University of California Press, 2012

Catherine Bolten's book tells the story of how ordinary Sierra Leoneans survived the decade-long war that devastated their country. The book illuminates a social world based on love, compassion, material exchange, and nurturing.

A Tale of Two Cultures: Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences

Princeton University Press, 2012

Gary Goertz and James Mahoney identify and discuss major differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods while seeking to promote tolerance and exchange of ideas.

What Is War?

Brill, 2012

International law has lacked a widely accepted definition of armed conflict, despite the essential human rights and other rules that depend on such a definition. This book, edited by Mary Ellen O'Connell, contains the report of the International Law Association's Committee on the Use of Force and papers delivered at an interdisciplinary conference to inform the committee.

International Dispute Resolution: Cases and Materials (2nd ed.)

Carolina Academic Press, 2012

This book is designed to assist in lawyers in preparing to practice international dispute resolution. It is a comprehensive treatment of the full range of dispute resolution processes, including negotiation, mediation, inquiry, conciliation, arbitration, and adjudication.

Displacing the State: Religion and Conflict in Neoliberal Africa

Notre Dame Press, 2011

From the Kroc Institute Series on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding. This book illustrates the nature of religion’s ambivalent power in Africa while suggesting new directions in the study of religion, conflict, and peace studies, with a specific focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Understanding Conflict Resolution (3rd ed.)

SAGE Publications, 2011

Peter Wallensteen's highly popular text links conflict resolution theory to real-world cases, exploring ongoing situations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, the Côte d'Ivoire, Iran, Pakistan and the Arab democratic wave from a conflict resolution perspective. 

When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys Through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation

Oxford University Press, 2011

John Paul Lederach and his daughter Angela Jill Lederach propose new ways of understanding healing and peacebuilding in traumatized communities, showing how communities can recover and reconnect through the power of making music, creating metaphors, and telling their extraordinary stories of suffering and survival.

Peace Research: Theory and Practice

Routledge, 2011

Peter Wallensteen's book presents an overview of key issues in peace research, which has become one of the most dynamic and innovative areas of war and conflict studies.The book presents articles on such key issues in peace research as the causes of war, conflict data, conflict diplomacy, non-violent sanctions and third-party diplomacy, demonstrating how basic research can be conducted in fields often seen as ‘unresearchable’ and ‘too complicated to deal with.’

Ending Obama's War: Responsible Military Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Paradigm, 2011

David Cortright's critical analysis of U.S./NATO military policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan examines alternative strategies for preventing terrorist insurgency.

The Go Between

United States Institute of Peace, 2010

This book, co-authored by Peter Wallensteen, explores international mediation through the lens of Ambassador Jan Eliasson.

Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics, and Praxis

Orbis, 2010

Catholic theologians, ethicists, and scholar-practitioners examine peacebuilding in this volume edited by Robert Schreiter, C.PP.S., R. Scott Appleby, and Gerard F. Powers.

Toward a Generous Orthodoxy: Prospects for Hans Frei's Postliberal Theology

Oxford University Press, 2010

Jason Springs reevaluates the work of influential theologian Hans Frei.

Towards Nuclear Zero

Routledge, IISS, 2010

Written by David Cortright and Raymo Väyrynen, this book offers practical steps for achieving genuine progress toward disarmament.

Strategies of Peace: Transforming Conflict in a Violent World

Oxford University Press, 2010

In this book edited by Daniel Philpott and Gerard F. Powers, 15 leading scholars propose an imaginative and provocative approach to peacebuilding.

Unchopping a Tree: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Political Violence

Temple University Press, 2009

Ernesto Verdeja develops a critical justification for political reconciliation.