Edited by Siobhán McEvoy-Levy
“_Troublemakers or Peacemakers?_ comes at just the right time. While the international community now acknowledges the important role that youth play in ending or perpetuating organized violence, neither the United Nations nor country governments know what to do about it. Professor McEvoy-Levy’s project provides cutting-edge perspectives on youth and conflict concerns, and practical insights into programmatic responses that have worked in fragile and failed states around the world. It is a must read for policymakers, scholars, and practitioners.” —Neil Boothby, Director, Program on Forced Migration and Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
“This volume focuses on young people whose daily interactions and behaviors often shape the outcome of formal peace settlements in their society. It presents a theoretical context to examine youths’ worldviews in a wide range of civil conflicts, asking when and how long-held hostile images of, and interactions between, opponents are reinforced and when and how they are transformed. The authors addressing this understudied question suggest important ways that youth in post-conflict societies make sense of their world and identify specific conditions under which they move from being combatants to peacemakers.” —Marc Howard Ross, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor, Bryn Mawr College
“This book makes an original contribution to the field of peace and conflict studies. It brings together valuable information in an extremely readable and integrated book.” —Julia Chaitin, Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Nova Southeastern University
In contemporary armed conflicts, youth are often on the frontlines of combat and, after peace accords are signed, they are both potential threats to peace and significant peace-building resources. Troublemakers or Peacemakers? breaks new ground by exploring youth actions, perceptions, and needs as central components of the challenge of post-war peace building. The contributors develop theory and policy recommendations based on field research in Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Guatemala, Colombia, Angola, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, and Israel-Palestine.
Contributors: Siobhán McEvoy-Levy, Michael Wessells, Davidson Jonah, Victoria Sanford, Marc Sommers, Carolyn Nordstrom, Ed Cairns, Frances McLernon, Wendy Moore, Ilse Hakvoort, Jaco Cilliers, Jeff Helsing, Namik Kirlic, Neil McMaster, Nir Sonnenschein, Sami Adwan, Dan Bar-On, Jessica Senehi, Sean Byrne, and Johan Galtung.
“This is an excellent compendium of research on largely micro-efforts at peace building aimed at youth, set in the context of country conflicts that remained violent and unjust after the conclusion of peace accords. The articles provide the context of conflicts in Guatemala, Colombia, Rwanda, Angola, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Palestine, and Israel. A few provocative thematic essays summarize the state of the literature on peace building, introducing the book’s important and under-studied focus on youth, and arguing that youth can make or break sustainable peace efforts.” — Political Science Quarterly