Book Club Series, No. 5: Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention


“Don’t worry about making people angry.”

An interview with Severine Autesserre, the author of Peaceland, who advocates for more bottom-up approaches to peacebuilding.

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One and a half billion people live under the threat of violence in conflict zones around the world, writes Severine Autesserre in her new book,Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention.International interveners and peacekeepers can critically assist host countries in building a sustainable peace, she explains, but they rarely do so. Severine

Autesserre is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, specializing in international relations and African studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She works on civil wars, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and African politics. Her first book,The Trouble with the Congo, explored how a dominant peacebuilding culture shaped the intervention strategy in a way that precluded action on local conflicts, ultimately dooming the international efforts to end the deadliest conflict since World War II.

For her new book, Autesserre conducted extensive fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of Congo and comparative research in Burundi, Cyprus…

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