"Customary Justice and the Rule of Law in War-Torn Societies"

What dilemma does customary justice present to international justice actors and how does this volume address it? What challenges or constraints do rule-of-law practitioners face when engaging customary justice systems? What are the arguments against engaging with customary justice systems? Why is it so important for international justice practitioners to take customary justice systems into account? What principles does the volume set forth to guide policy and programming in environmen...

Praise for "Negotiating Peace and Confronting Corruption"

“This book effectively analyses the characteristics and effects of building anticorruption provisions into negotiated settlements in post civil war situations.” —Jens Andvig, Research Professor, Department of International Economics, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs “The enduring prevalence of corruption in conflict-affected countries is frequently bemoaned, but rarely addressed in ways that lead to its reduction. Bert Spector’s Negotiating Peace and Confronting Corruption fil...

"Negotiating Peace and Confronting Corruption": Questions and Answers with the Author

What is the principal challenge for those negotiating peace and confronting corruption in post-conflict societies? Why did you select these six cases, and how did you structure your analysis of each case? How do you define corruption? What were the findings in comparing the six case studies to the seven country control group? What measures can be taken in postconflict reconstruction processes to discourage corruption? What are integrity provisions, and how do they prevent corruption...

Praise for "The British State and the Northern Ireland Crisis, 1969–73"

“This volume is a model of lucidity and clarity and a joy to read. Although the particular case study is well known, Smith brings many new insights through an extensive trawl of the archives in London, Dublin, and Belfast, and in his use of private interviews.” —Paul Arthur, University of Ulster “This is an excellent study of a crucial period of British policy towards Northern Ireland. The author has done a very good job in searching the archives and producing a clear and coherent narrati...

Questions and Answers with the Author of "The British State and the Northern Ireland Crisis, 1969-73"

Why did you choose to write about this conflict? What is the premise of the volume? What policy choices exist for governments facing political violence? Why go back to a period of failure? What are the lessons for policymakers? What are the lessons for peace research? What lies ahead for Northern Ireland?   Why did you choose to write about this conflict? I was born in Belfast and I have lived through the Troubles. As a public official and political scientist, I have witn...

Defense Secretary Gates Headlines USIP's Inaugural Acheson Lecture

On October 15, 2008, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates delivered the keynote speech at the U.S. Institute of Peace’s first annual Dean Acheson Lecture. In his address, Gates called for the United States to develop national security institutions better able to respond to increasingly complex challenges in international conflict settings.

Praise for Pandemics and Peace

“This book is an original and unique contribution to the literature on infectious disease detection and response, offering an encyclopedic consideration of regional health diplomacy as a ‘bridge to peace.’ The volume presents a very detailed case study of three transnational regional disease surveillance programs of varying effectiveness and tackles the question of the legitimacy and accountability of the transnational public-private partnerships which play an increasingly central role in glo...

Questions and Answers with the Editors

Authors Kathleen Kuehnast, Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, and Helga Hernes discuss their recent book Women and War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century. The book addresses the reality that women have long been uncounted victims of war and examines the increased role of women as armed combatants in conflicts, while asking the question of how to bring women into the setting the agenda for peacebuilding in conflict affected countries. What do the authors examine in Women and War? What is...