1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding and Ethnic Conflict

    392 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook offers a comprehensive analysis of peacebuilding in ethnic conflicts, with attention to theory, peacebuilder roles, making sense of the past and shaping the future, as well as case studies and approaches.

    Comprising 28 chapters that present key insights on peacebuilding in ethnic conflicts, the volume has implications for teaching and training, as well as for practice and policy. The handbook is divided into four thematic parts. Part 1 focuses on critical dimensions of ethnic conflicts, including root causes, gender, external involvements, emancipatory peacebuilding, hatred as a public health issue, environmental issues, American nationalism, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Part 2 focuses on peacebuilders’ roles, including Indigenous peacemaking, nonviolent accompaniment, peace leadership in the military, interreligious peacebuilders, local women, and young people. Part 3 addresses the past and shaping of the future, including a discussion of public memory, heritage rights and monuments, refugees, trauma and memory, aggregated trauma in the African-American community, exhumations after genocide, and a healing-centered approach to conflict. Part 4 presents case studies on Sri Lanka’s postwar reconciliation process, peacebuilding in Mindanao, the transformative peace negotiation in Aceh and Bougainville, external economic aid for peacebuilding in Northern Ireland, Indigenous and local peacemaking, and a continuum of peacebuilding focal points. The handbook offers perspectives on the breadth and significance of peacebuilding work in ethnic conflicts throughout the world.

    This volume will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, ethnic conflict, security studies, and international relations.


    Introduction: Peacebuilding and ethnic conflict

    Jessica Senehi, Imani Michelle Scott, Sean Byrne, and Thomas G. Matyók

    Part 1: Key Dimensions of Ethnic Conflicts

    1. The roots of ethnopolitical conflict

    Stuart J. Kaufman

    2. How gender is implicated in ethnopolitical conflict

    Franke Wilmer

    3. Complex effects of external involvements in ethnopolitical violence

    Marie Olson Lounsbery and Frederic S. Pearson

    4. Re-examining peacebuilding priorities: Liberal peace and the emancipatory critique

    Andrew E. E. Collins and Chuck Thiessen

    5. Hatred is a contagious disease and public health issue in ethnopolitical conflicts

    Izzeldin Abuelaish

    6. The environment and peacebuilding in ethnic conflict

    Ane Cristina Figueiredo and Calum Dean

    7. Deconstructing the relapse of American nationalism

    Harry Anastasiou and Michaelangelo Anastasiou

    8. How does the COVID-19 pandemic influence peacebuilding, diversity management, the handling of ethnic conflict, and ethnic minorities?

    Mitja Žagar

    Part 2: Peacebuilders in Ethnic Conflicts

    9. Indigenous peacemaking and restorative justice

    Brandon Lundy, J. Taylor Downs, and Amanda Reinke

    10. Interactive conflict resolution: Addressing the essence of ethnopolitical conflict and peacebuilding

    Ronald J. Fisher

    11. Selected dynamics of nonviolent accompaniment and unarmed civilian protection

    Patrick G. Coy

    12. Peace leadership, security, and the role of the military in ethnopolitical conflict 

    Ivan Ilunga and Thomas G. Matyók

    13. Interreligious peacebuilding: An emerging pathway for sustainable peace

    Mohammed Abu-Nimer

    14. The laughter that knows the darkness: The Mamas’ resistance to annihilative violence in West Papua

    Julian Smythe

    15. The role of youth in ethnopolitical conflicts

    Alpaslan Özerdem and Cihan Dizdaroglu

    Part 3: Addressing the Past and Shaping the Future

    16. On peacebuilding and public memory: Iconoclasm, dialogue, and race

    Adam Muller

    17. When the past is always present: Heritage rights, monuments, and cultural divides

    Anya B. Russian

    18. Voices of their own: Refugees missing home and building a future

    Umut Ozkaleli

    19. Trauma, recovery, and memory

    Joseph Robinson

    20. A season of reckoning for the children: Exploring the realities of aggregated trauma in the African American community

    Imani Michele Scott

    21. Peace after genocide: Exhumations, expectations, and peacebuilding efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Hasan Nuhanović and Sarah Wagner

    22. A healing-centered peacebuilding approach

    Angie Yoder

    Part 4: Approaches and Cases

    23. Sri Lanka’s post-war reconciliation: Reconciling the local and international

    S. I. Keethaponcalon

    24. Emancipatory peacebuilding and conflict transformation: Mindanao as a case study

    Wendy Kroeker

    25. Transformative peace negotiation

    SungYong Lee

    26. External aid and peacebuilding

    Sean Byrne and Calum Dean

    27. Bringing the Indigenous into mainstream peacemaking and peacebuilding in farmer-herder conflicts: Some critical reflections

    Surulola Eke and Sean Byrne

    28. Focal points in ethnic conflict: A peacebuilding continuum

    Jessica Senehi


    Critical and emancipatory peacebuilding approaches to analyze and transform ethnic conflict: Lessons learned (in addressing the legacy of the past in order to shape the future)

    Imani Michelle Scott, Jessica Senehi, Sean Byrne, and Thomas G. Matyók


    Jessica Senehi is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba, Canada.

    Imani Michelle Scott is a Professor of Communication at the Savannah College of Art and Design, USA.

    Sean Byrne is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba, Canada.

    Thomas G. Matyók is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science and Executive Director of the Joint Civil-Military Interaction Research and Education Network at Middle Georgia State University, USA.