Get readings in Conflict and Peace Studies!

This page provides information about interesting readings in Conflict and Peace Studies from a Social Justice approach, and welcomes suggestions of readings from other academic research, especially from a critical perspective. We look forward to hearing your suggestions. Thanks!


Suggested readings:



The Future of African Peace Operations: From the Janjaweed to Boko Haram

The book, edited by Cedric de Coning, Linnéa Gelot and John Karlsrud, provides vital insights into the future of peacekeeping operations in Africa, as well as practical solutions to the immense security challenges facing regional actors on the continent.






Conflict, Peace, Security and Development9780415844826

Theories & Methodologies

This new publication by Routledge in 2015, edited by Helen Hintjens and Dubravka Zarkov  (ISS professors) addresses methodological challenges in contemporary approaches to conflict, violence, security peace and development.





9781784782474-max_103-66aa498aaf4550e0ae251d17b91feea7Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?


In this urgent response to violence, racism and increasingly aggressive methods of coercion, Judith Butler explores the media’s portrayal of armed conflict, a process integral to how the West prosecutes its wars. In doing so, she calls for a reconceptualization of the left, one united in opposition and resistance to the illegitimate and arbitrary effects of interventionist military action.




Approaches to Peace9780199949151

A Reader in Peace Studies (3rd Edition)

This book by David P. Barash provides a unique and interdisciplinary sampling of key articles focusing on the diverse facets of peace and conflict studies. Published by Oxford University Press, in 2013.





Theories of Violent Conflict: An Introduction (Contemporary Security Studies)

‘This book by Jolle Demmers introduces students of violent conflict to a variety of prominent theoretical approaches. Published by Taylor and Francis/Routledge in 2012






Conflict and Development: Development Matters9781848135758

Eleanor O’ Gorman‘s book provides a comprehensive overview of the ideas and debates surrounding the intimate connection between development and security. Published by Zed Books in 2011.






Understanding Conflict and Violence

Theoretical and Interdisciplinary Approaches

This book by  Tim Jacoby examines and interprets a wide range of approaches to the causes of violence and conflict. Published by Francis/Routledge in 2007.




Additional readings:



The Berghof Foundation publishes an annual Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation.  It is available for free on-line through this link.   The issues cover the period 2003-2014, and include many excellent think-pieces as well as contributions based on practice.   It is recommended for all students interested in Conflict and Peace Studies at ISS.



Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 2.04.39 PMThe Conflict Research Unit of the Clingendael Institute issues several interesting Annual Reports.  The last report is availablehere (2014). Among recent examples are these titles:

Engagement with Non-State Actors in Fragile States: Narrowing definitions, broadening scope (2013)

Safety from below: is non-state security the way forward? (2011)



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A recent (2013) working paper on land-grabbing in Colombia has been produced by ISS Land Deal Politics Initiative can be downloaded here:  ‘Speaking law to land grabbing’: land contention and legal repertoire in Colombia, by Jacobo Grajales.






Edited by James J. Hentz The Routledge Handbook on African Security  is full of well-known contributors. Published by by Francis/Routledge in 2014.


shifayaki kabambe

January 30th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

i need materials on peace and conflict studies


October 23rd, 2015 at 9:22 am

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Conflict and Peace Studies is a specialization within the Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies MA Major in Development Studies. This blog provides a platform for discussion for researchers, students and others interested in this field of studies. The blog is administered by the Conflict and Peace Studies teaching team.

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