Books

Through the United States Institute of Peace Press, USIP publishes peer-reviewed books on the prevention, management, and resolution of violent conflict. These books meld theory and practice and are intended to inform those who make policy, analyze international conflict, and practice peacebuilding.

Prioritizing Security Sector Reform

Prioritizing Security Sector Reform: A New U.S. Approach argues that security sector reform (SSR) should be at the core of a new U.S. policy to strengthen the security sector capacity of countries where U.S. interests are at stake. As the United States withdraws from a more interventionist policy, it cannot wholly ignore the growing disorder in fragile environments around the globe. In place of large, boots-on-the-ground interventions relying on expensive train and equip programs with only fleeting impact, the United States needs a smarter tool that can address both the effectiveness and accountability of host nation security forces and institutions. Properly designed and implemented, SSR can be that tool.

Today’s fragile environments feature a host of postconflict and postauthoritarian states and transitioning and new democracies that have at least one critical thing in common: Their security sectors are dysfunctional. Why these states cannot fulfill their most basic function—the protection of the population and their government—varies widely, but the underlying reason is the same. The security sector does not function because security sector institutions and forces are absent, ineffective, predatory, or illegitimate.

Querine Hanlon and Richard H. Shultz, Jr., editors
Mon, 03/21/2016 - 09:35
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Women, Religion and Peacebuilding

Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen examines the obstacles and opportunities that women religious peacebuilders face as they navigate both the complex conflicts they are seeking to resolve and the power dynamics in the insti­tutions they must deal with in order to accomplish their goals.

Susan Hayward and Katherine Marshall, editors

Many women working for peace around the world are motivated by their religious beliefs, whether they work within secular or religious organizations. These women often find themselves sidelined or excluded from mainstream peacebuilding efforts. Secular organizations can be uncomfortable working with religious groups. Meanwhile, religious institutions often dissuade or even disallow women from leadership positions.

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 01:00
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Fall/Winter 2015 Book Catalog

Announcing the 2015 Fall/Winter book and report titles from the U.S. Institute of Peace Press. This catalog is available as a downloadable PDF.

The United States Institute of Peace is committed to publishing significant works that offer new insights and information to practitioners, scholars, diplomats, and students.

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Thu, 07/09/2015 - 12:06

Managing Conflict in a World Adrift

In the midst of a political shift where power is moving from central institutions to smaller, more distributed units in the international system, the approaches to and methodologies for peacemaking are changing. "Managing Conflict in a World Adrift" provides a sobering panorama of contemporary conflict, along with innovative thinking about how to respond now that new forces and dynamics are at play.

"Managing Conflict in a World Adrift," the fourth volume in the landmark series edited by Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, and Pamela Aall, is the follow-on to "Leashing the Dogs of War," the definitive text on the sources of conflict and solutions for preventing and managing conflict. Forty of the most influential analysts of international affairs present varied perspectives and insightful thinking to inform a new framework for understanding current demands of conflict management.

Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, and Pamela Aall editors
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:40

Spring 2015 Book & Report Catalog

Announcing the 2015 book and report titles from the U.S. Institute of Peace Press.  This catalog is available as a downloadable PDF.

The United States Institute of Peace Press is committed to publishing leading books and reports in the field of peace and conflict management that offer new insights and information to practitioners, scholars, and students.

To find out more about our titles and search by title, topic, region, or author, browse our online catalog. You can also browse the online bookstore and sign up to receive email updates about our publications.

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:44

NATO’s Balancing Act

NATO's Balancing Act evaluates the alliance’s performance of its three core tasks—collective defense, crisis management, and cooperative security—and reviews its members’ efforts to achieve the right balance among them. Yost considers NATO's role in the evolving global security environment and its implications for collective defense and crisis management in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Africa, Libya, and elsewhere.

“After the acclaimed NATO Transformed, David Yost's NATO's Balancing Act demonstrates once again why the author ranks among the leading experts in his field: those who want to understand NATO's internal and external challenges will not find a more thorough analysis.”
—Michael Rühle, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 16:07

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in South Asia

In Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in South Asia, ten experts native to South Asia consider the nature of intrastate insurgent movements from a peacebuilding perspective. Case studies on India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka lend new insights into the dynamics of each conflict and how they might be prevented or resolved.

“These excellent case studies shift the counterinsurgency focus to the origins and gestation of insurgencies and show how they grew into major regional conflicts. With helpful maps and chronologies, data-rich chapters by South Asia specialists reveal how four insurgencies became intractable.

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 14:56

Spring 2014 Book Catalog

Announcing new Spring 2014 book titles from the U.S. Institute of Peace. This catalog is available as a digital version and as a downloadable PDF.

The United States Institute of Peace is committed to publishing significant works that offer new insights and information to practitioners, scholars, diplomats, and students.

 

 

 

 

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 16:22

Harnessing Operational Systems Engineering to Support Peacebuilding

On November 20, 2012, the Roundtable on Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding – a partnership between the U.S. Institute of Peace and the National Academy of Engineering – held a workshop in Washington, DC, to explore when operational systems engineering can be a useful tool for improving the design, implementation, and effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions. This summary provides a synopsis of the day’s discussion.

Operational systems engineering is a methodology that identifies the crucial components of a complex system, analyzes the relationships among those components, and creates models of the system to explore its behavior and possible ways of changing that behavior. In this way, it offers quantitative and qualitative techniques to support design, analysis, and governance of systems of diverse scale and complexity for the delivery of products or services.

Andrew Robertson and Steve Olson
Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:25

Getting It Right in Afghanistan

As the United States and NATO prepare to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan in 2014, the question remains as to what sort of political settlement the Afghanistan government and the Taliban can reach in order to achieve sustainable peace. If all parties are willing to strike a deal, how might the negotiations be structured, and what might the shape of that deal be? Getting It Right in Afghanistan addresses the real drivers of the insurgency and how Afghanistan's neighbors can contribute to peace in the region.

A recurring theme throughout the volume is the complex, multiactor conflict environment in Afghanistan and the resulting need for more inclusive political arrangements. The first set of chapters focus on internal political dynamics and Afghan political actors' views on a peace process. The second section covers Afghanistan's neighbors and their role in shaping the country's internal politics. Efforts to date to implement a peace and reconciliation process for Afghanistan are covered in the final section.

Moeed Yusuf, Scott Smith, Colin Cookman, editors
Tue, 12/03/2013 - 10:00
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March 2016
Prioritizing Security Sector Reform: A New U.S. Approach argues that security sector reform (SSR) should be at the core of a new U.S. policy to strengthen the security sector capacity of countries where U.S. interests are at stake. As the United States withdraws from a more interventionist policy,...
September 2015
Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen examines the obstacles and opportunities that women religious peacebuilders face as they navigate both the complex conflicts they are seeking to resolve and the power dynamics in the insti­tutions they must deal with in order to accomplish...
July 2015
Announcing the 2015 Fall/Winter book and report titles from the U.S. Institute of Peace Press. This catalog is available as a downloadable PDF.
February 2015
In the midst of a political shift where power is moving from central institutions to smaller, more distributed units in the international system, the approaches to and methodologies for peacemaking are changing. "Managing Conflict in a World Adrift" provides a sobering panorama of contemporary...
January 2015
Announcing the 2015 book and report titles from the U.S. Institute of Peace Press.  This catalog is available as a downloadable PDF.
January 2014
NATO's Balancing Act evaluates the alliance’s performance of its three core tasks—collective defense, crisis management, and cooperative security—and reviews its members’ efforts to achieve the right balance among them. Yost considers NATO's role in the evolving global security environment and its...
January 2014
In Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in South Asia, ten experts native to South Asia consider the nature of intrastate insurgent movements from a peacebuilding perspective. Case studies on India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka lend new insights into the dynamics of each conflict and how they might...
January 2014
Announcing new Spring 2014 book titles from the U.S. Institute of Peace. This catalog is available as a digital version and as a downloadable PDF.
January 2014
On November 20, 2012, the Roundtable on Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding – a partnership between the U.S. Institute of Peace and the National Academy of Engineering – held a workshop in Washington, DC, to explore when operational systems engineering can be a useful tool for improving the...
December 2013
As the United States and NATO prepare to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan in 2014, the question remains as to what sort of political settlement the Afghanistan government and the Taliban can reach in order to achieve sustainable peace. If all parties are willing to strike a deal, how might...