Books by Faculty

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.

Gandhi and Beyond: Nonviolence for a New Political Age

Paradigm, 2009

In the second edition of this popular book, David Cortright situates Gandhi's message of nonviolence in recent world events.

Putting Teeth in the Tiger: Improving the Effectiveness of Arms Embargoes

Emerald Books, 2009

This book, co-edited by George A. Lopez, reveals arms embargoes to be more effective than often understood.

The Power and Purpose of International Law

Oxford University Press, 2008

Mary Ellen O'Connell shows how international law supports order in the world and the attainment of humanity's fundamental goals of peace, prosperity, respect for human rights, and protection of the natural environment.

Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas

Cambridge University Press, 2008

This book by David Cortright traces the peace movement's religious and intellectual roots.

Uniting Against Terror

MIT Press, 2007

Edited by David Cortright and George A. Lopez. This book argues that defeating the global terrorist threat requires a bold new approach. 

Reflective Peacebuilding: A Planning, Monitoring, and Learning Tool Kit

Kroc Institute and Catholic Relief Services, 2007

By John Paul Lederach, Reina Neufeldt, and Hal Culbertson. This practical book aims to improve peacebuilding practitioners’ capacity to design transformative change and track and improve upon those changes over time in unpredictable conflict contexts.


Understanding Conflict Resolution (2nd ed.)

SAGE Publications, 2007

Peter Wallensteen offers this comprehensive guide to understanding conflict resolution in the global environment. He first reviews the development of conflict resolution since the Cold War. Next, he explores the settlement of three major types of international conflict: inter-state, internal, and those arising from state formation issues. In the last part of the book, he examines regional and international approaches and poses questions about the future of conflict resolution.

Gandhi and Beyond: Nonviolence in an Age of Terrorism

Paradigm, 2006

Drawing on the legend and lessons of Gandhi, David Cortright traces the history of nonviolent social activism from the early 20th century to the war in Iraq.

Soldiers in Revolt: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War

Haymarket Books, 2005

David Cortright documents the rebellion among U.S. soldiers opposed to the Vietnam war. Originally published in 1975, the book now includes a chapter that examines the enduring imprint of this period on the U.S. military and the lessons this era holds for the U.S. occupation in Iraq.

The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace

Oxford University Press, 2004

John Paul Lederach asks the question: What moves ordinary people to reject violence and seek reconciliation? The moral imagination, Lederach writes, is “the capacity to imagine something rooted in the challenges of the real world, yet capable of giving birth to that which does not yet exist.” This book is for scholars and peacebuilders engaged in conflict transformation, mediation, restorative justice, and political reconciliation.

A Peaceful Superpower: The Movement Against War in Iraq

Fourth Freedom Forum, 2004

On February 15, 2003, an estimated ten million people around the world demonstrated against the war on Iraq. David Cortright tells the story of the the largest single day of protest in history.

The Little Book of Conflict Transformation

Good Books, 2003

John Paul Lederach offers a hopeful and workable approach to conflict. Lederach is internationally recognized for his breakthough thinking and action related to conflict on all levels. In this book, he coins the phrase “conflict transformation” and explains how it requires “both solutions and social change.”

Sanctions and the Search for Security: Challenges to UN Action

Lynne Rienner, 2002

By David Cortright and George A. Lopez, with Linda Gerber. Despite widespread disagreement about the effectiveness of UN sanctions and the need for reform, the Security Council continues to impose sanctions. Cortright and Lopez continue their collaboration to assess new multilateral approaches to sanctions and economic statecraft. They conclude with a framework for future policy, as well as specific recommendations for enhancing the viability of "smart sanctions" strategies.