Colombia: From Grassroots to Elites: How Some Local Peacebuilding Initiatives Became National in Spite of Themselves

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Mery Rodriguez
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Colombia: From Grassroots to Elites: How Some Local Peacebuilding Initiatives Became National in Spite of Themselves

Examines the development of three of the European supported and funded regional “peace laboratories” in Colombia, both as extensions of existing regional associations of local peace communities and as efforts to control local peace-building by the national government.

Local Peacebuilding and National Peace is a collection of essays that examines the effects of local peacebuilding efforts on national peace initiatives.

The book looks at violent and protracted struggles in which local people have sought to make their own peace with local combatants in a variety of ways, and how such initiatives have affected and have been affected by national level strategies.

Chapters on theories of local and national peacemaking are combined with chapters on recent efforts to carry out such processes in warn torn societies such as Africa, Asia, and South America, with essays contributed by experts who were actually actively involved in the peacemaking process.

With its unique focus on the interaction of peacemaking at local and national levels, the book will fill a gap in the literature. It will be of interest to students and researchers in such fields as peace studies, conflict resolution, international relations, postwar recovery and development.

Reviewed by Pamina Firchow in Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Volume 26, Issue 4, 2014
 

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