The North-South Institute


From War Termination to Sustainable Peacebuilding: What Kind of Peace is Possible?

This  project explored the difficulties and possibilities for long-term sustainable peace-building in six conflict-prone societies, two-thirds of which returned to violence after a period of peace.

The NSI work compared two cases, Guatemala and Mozambique, in which relative success could be observed over the long term; with four cases, Afghanistan, Haiti, Palestine and Sri Lanka, where renewed violence raised serious questions about the quality of peace being built.

The variables examined and compared included:

  • economic policy
  • democratic governance
  • the linkages between disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants, and
  • sustainable peace-building

The work was a collaborative research and policy engagement effort. Collected results may be found in:

The Paradoxes of Peacebuilding post-9/11 (2008), edited by Dr. Stephen Baranyi (Ottawa University).

Available in Canada from UBC Press and in the United States from Stanford University Press.