Book Review: Local Peacebuilding and National Peace: Interaction between Grassroots and Elite Processes

This book looks at violent and protracted struggles in which local people from countries like South Africa and Northern Ireland have sought to make their own peace with local combatants. Meike de Goede finds the case studies presented from a wide variety of countries make for a valuable contribution to the study of local peace initiatives. Local Peacebuilding and National Peace: Interaction […]

Book Review: The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars by John Tirman

John Tirman has written a sweeping and critical account of how the US military has treated civilians in its foreign wars and how the American public has countenanced brutality in its name. A far-reaching, ambitious, and provocative book, as reviewed by Avery Hancock.   The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Civil Wars. John Tirman. Oxford University Press. July 2011.  […]

Book Review: Inside the IRA: Dissident Republicans and the War for Legitimacy

Andrew Sanders provides readers with an excellent backdrop to the underlining tensions that continue to persist in modern Northern Irish civil and political society, finds Ben Davies. Inside the IRA: Dissident Republicans and the War for Legitimacy. Andrew Sanders. Edinburgh University Press. April 2011. It is curious as to the ignorance afforded to the politics of Ireland from these shores […]

Book Review: The Destructors: The Story of Northern Ireland’s Lost Peace Process

Michael Kerr’s reconstruction of Northern Ireland’s ‘lost peace process’ reads at times like a political thriller, finds Bill Kissane, but also seriously raises the bar for other young scholars on Northern Ireland with its mix of extensive primary research and entertaining anecdotes. . The Destructors: The Story of Northern Ireland’s Lost Peace Process. Michael Kerr. Irish Academic Press. 2011. When […]

Book Review: Humanitarian Intervention and the UN

Far from a ringing endorsement of UN interventions, Norrie MacQueen’s text offers a measured outline of the varying success and failures of both the concept and reality of military deployment for humanitarian reasons. Humanitarian Intervention and the UN. Norrie MacQueen. Edinburgh University Press. April 2011. Find this book: Google Books Amazon As news emerged last week of the death of […]

Book Review: The Media at War: Communication and Conflict in the Twentieth Century

Susan Carruthers‘ book succeeds in exposing the multifaceted and constantly shifting relationship between the media and war, finds Sasha Jesperson. As perceptions and policies continue to be shaped by the media, Carruthers second edition of The Media at War reminds us to be cautious with our consumption of the news and read between the lines. The Media at War: Communication and Conflict in the […]

Book Review: The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century

Rachel Dearlove discovers an invaluable evidence-based book on the role of religion in modern conflict, essential reading for students and for policy makers The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century. Brian J. Grim and Roger Finke. Cambridge University Press. March 2011. Find this book: Google Books Amazon The Price of Freedom Denied is the latest publication in the […]

Book Review: Lost in Transformation: Violent Peace and Peaceful Conflict in Northern Ireland

Sasha Jesperson finds a call for a new approach to violence in Northern Ireland and other areas of the world in Audra Mitchell‘s insightful work. Lost in Transformation: Violent Peace and Peaceful Conflict in Northern Ireland. Audra Mitchell. Palgrave Macmillan. January 2011. Find this book at: Google Books Amazon LSE Library Audra Mitchell’s recent book Lost in Transformation: Violent Peace […]

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