On Tuesday, April 28, 2009, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego will hold a book launching of Peacebuilding and Development in Guatemala and Northern Ireland, wirtten by San Diego Maryknoll Affiliate Charles Reilly, Ph.D. Charlie is asenior lecturer in peacebuilding at Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. At the book launching, Charlie will analyze lessons learned from a decade of struggle to implement peace processes in Guatemala and Northern Ireland, emphasizing the role of mid-level and grassroots civil society, the “voluntary sector,” local governments and policing.
Palgrave and Macmillan writes:
This book analyzes the implementation of peace processes in Northern Ireland and Guatemala, with emphasis on the role of mid-level civil society and religious organizations or “the voluntary sector.” Both countries interrupted years of conflict, signed peace accords in 1998 and 1996 respectively, and still struggle to make them work. Despite very different economic development levels, both countries have colonial legacies, deep cultural divisions, and engaged diaspora. They grapple with violence, poverty and inequitable distribution of wealth and power. While religious differences are a backdrop to violence and reconciliation in both cases, insecurity and inequity are the root cause and consequence of these conflicts. The book summarizes lessons learned and makes policy recommendations for more civil post-conflict societies, arguing that similar dynamics fuel sustainable peace-building and authentic development.