Newest Books

Constructive Conflicts: From Escalation to Resolution

Fifth Edition  By Louis Kriesberg and Bruce W. Dayton
Published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2017

SUMMARY: Constructive Conflicts provides a framework for analyzing social conflicts of all kinds, with emphasis on how conflicts can lead to positive change. The book introduces key principles, uses a wide range of case studies, applies core ideas about conflicts, synthesizes interdisciplinary perspectives, and shares recent research. New to the Fifth Edition:

  • Case studies and research updated throughout, while maintaining the structure of previous editions
  • Features new material on the roles of social movements and NGOs, non-coercive but persuasive ways to escalate or de-escalate conflict, post-conflict strategies that lead to lasting peace, and more
  • Key themes of the constructive approach—introduced in the first chapter—are integrated throughout later chapters in the book

Perspectives in Waging Conflicts Constructively

Edited by Bruce W. Dayton and Louis Kriesberg
Published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2017

SUMMARY: This book explores how large-scale conflicts can be waged more constructively. An introduction presents key concepts in positive conflict resolution, and chapters from esteemed contributors illustrate these theories in action, with cases ranging from Israel to North Korea. The book offers diverse perspectives and concrete ideas for positive change.

Louis Kriesberg: Pioneer in Peace and Constructive Conflict Resolution Studies

Published by Springer, 2016

SUMMARY: This is the first volume in the Pioneers in Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering, Practice Series.  In this book, as the series editor, Hans Günter Brauch, wrote “Although neither an autobiography nor a memoir, he embeds the course of his work in the context of historical events and in the evolving fields of peace studies and conflict resolution. In addition, he discusses the interaction of those fields with major conflicts. The book includes seven previously-published exemplary pieces on these and other topics, a comprehensive list of his publications, and several photos.”

Realizing Peace: A Constructive Conflict Approach

By Louis Kriesberg
Published by Oxford University Press, 2015

Click here to download the first chapter, 2015 Realizing Peace- Chapter 1

SUMMARY: Realizing Peace: A Constructive Conflict Approach combines three bodies of work that have not previously been integrated. First, it critically examines major episodes of U.S. government engagements in foreign conflicts since the beginning of the Cold War. This includes American engagements in struggles against adversaries, interventions among adversaries, and mediations between adversaries. Second, Realizing Peace also examines the efforts of non-governmental organizations and non-official individuals in advancing peace in foreign conflicts. Third, it traces and applies the developing fields of peace studies and conflict resolution, synthesized in the constructive conflict approach, to evaluate those American engagements. Using the constructive conflict approach, the book draws on its insights and research findings to make critical assessments of American engagements. Realizing Peace suggests alternative strategies that would be more effective and yield more beneficial results than did many of the strategies that had been pursued. A major set of episodes discussed in this book pertain to Americans’ engagement in the Cold War, through its escalations and de-escalations, its final transformation, and subsequent American-Russian interactions. Multiple analyses also relate to conflicts with Panama, Al Qaeda, Iraq, North Korea, and Iran. In addition, interventions in Yugoslavia, Haiti, and elsewhere are examined. Finally, several mediation efforts in the Israeli-Arab/Palestinian conflicts are critically discussed. The analyses incorporate consideration of the American political circumstances and the evolving global context. Realizing Peace helps readers interested in engaging or learning about foreign policy to better understand what has happened in past American involvements in foreign conflicts, to think freshly about better alternatives, and to act in support of more constructive strategies in the future.