Diana Francis

From Pacification to Peacebuilding

‘I commend this book to all scholars, practitioners and activists. … Diana Francis argues persuasively that peacebuilding and conflict resolution have been co-opted by donors and governments and have thereby lost their radical edge. She urges a return to the nonviolent sources of our theory and praxis.’

Kevin P. Clements, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Secretary General International Peace Research Association, University of Otago, New Zealand

‘Diana Francis reminds us that [peace studies] has its roots in the liberation struggles of pacifism and feminism. But in moving from popular protests to project management, in the very processes of professionalisation and earning a living, we risk compromising the roots of our radicalisation. … Diana challenges us to rediscover our principles, values, and ideals.’

Andy Carl, Executive Director of Conciliation Resources, London

‘In this visionary analysis Diana Francis offers a practical route out of the brutal cycle of war and violence, which breaks with the sterile ineffectuality of top-down approaches. She puts the power where it can really make the difference: with the people.’

Kate Hudson, Chair of CND, the UK’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

‘Francis draws on the traditions of nonviolence and pacifism, but also reinterprets these in light of new situations and experience. This is a timely contribution [from] an outstanding theorist and activist.’

Professor Tom Woodhouse, Adam Curle Chair in Conflict Resolution, University of Bradford

‘This book is an absolute “must read” for anyone interested in building peace – whether working in the field, in government, in NGOs, in the military or in civil society. Read it now.’

Scilla Elworthy, Founder of Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct

‘Diana Francis reminds us of the values and energy that prompt the best in us, which get lost in settling for expectations like pacification rather than peace.  If conflict transformation is itself to be transformed and flourish, it will be along the lines she urges here.’

Sue Williams, Director, Summer Peacebuilding Institute, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia

‘Diana Francis has done it again – another practical book mapping the road from peaceful aspirations to peaceful reality.’

Bruce Kent, Founding Chair and Vice President of the Movement for the Abolition of War

‘Diana Francis’s profound reflections on the conflict transformation field will be an inspiration to aspiring peace workers everywhere.’

Hugh Miall, Professor of International Relations, University of Kent

‘This book is a must both for scholars studying international relations and practitioners who engage in the fields of peace work, human rights and development.’

Dr. Martina Fischer, Deputy Director of the Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management, Berlin, and Deputy Chair of the German Foundation for Peace Research, Osnabrück

‘Diana Francis ensures that questions of values (and morality) are never allowed to sink beneath the weight of policy and programme imperatives.’

Professor Andrew Rigby, Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, University of Coventry

‘Diana Francis is a giant in this field. … Each of the chapters in this book touches on key dilemmas and current debates. Drawing this material together coherently, the book offers practitioners and academics alike a guide to exploring where we could go next.’

Catherine Sexton, Chief Executive, Responding To Conflict (RTC)

‘The so-called “peace operations” that are proliferating around the world look increasingly like wars. Diana Francis challenges collusion with this military imposition of “order” and makes a radical re-statement of grass-roots peacebuilding and conflict transformation as an emancipatory praxis.’

Howard Clark, Chairperson, War Resisters’ International

‘A much-needed overview of recent work in the field of conflict transformation.’

Johan Galtung, Professor of Peace Studies Professor of Peace Studies at six universities and founder of the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo

‘Diana Francis asks tough questions about conflict transformation, peacebuilding and the use of force. She gives answers that provoke and inspire.’

Dan Smith, Director of International Alert

‘Diana Francis has a voice of integrity and wisdom based on decades of experience as an academic and conflict transformation practitioner. Her writing helps to remind us that [peacebuilding] has its roots in the liberation struggles of both pacifism and feminism. But in moving from popular protests to professionalisation, we risk compromising the roots of our own radicalisation. … Diana challenges us to rediscover our principles, values, and ideals.’

Andy Carl, Executive Director of Conciliation Resources, London

‘We live in the most dangerous times since the collapse of Communism. New wars are being fought in new ways. We are all under threat. Diana Francis makes the case not just against war fighting but against war thinking.’

Martin Bell, OBE, former BBC war reporter and MP

‘Diana’s book lends credence to the glorious emergence of people’s power since the end of the Cold War and its role in conflict transformation. It also calls us to a time of critical reflection on the lessons learned, dilemmas which beset us, and the miles we are yet to cover. This seasoned member of the global peace movement has given renewed salience to solidarity.’

Samuel Gbaydee Doe, West Africa’s Peace Activist