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The Ethics of Peacebuilding

Tim Murithi

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This book explores the ethical dimension of peacebuilding. In the aftermath of the Cold War the hope for a more stable and just international order was rapidly dissolved by the internecine conflicts that plagued all continents. The Rwanda and Srebrenica genocides demonstrated the challenge of promoting peace in a world increasingly defined by intra-state conflict and sub-national groups confronting nation-states. Murithi interrogates the role that ethics plays in promoting and consolidating peacebuilding and presents a synthesis of moral philosophy and international relations and an analysis of the ethics of negotiation, mediation, forgiveness and reconciliation.

In its attempt to explore the extent to which ethical concerns influence and inform peacebuilding this book contributes to a growing body of literature on ethics and international relations which will enable students, scholars and practitioners to ground their understanding of a principled peacebuilding.

Key Features

  • Author has first-hand knowledge of peacebuilding through his work with the UN and NGOs
  • Analyses the ethics of peacebuilding inherent in the actions of the inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations
  • Examines the ethics of negotiation, mediation, forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Draws on a wide range of historical and contemporary case studies including the League of Nations, the United Nations, the Quakers in the Biafran War, the South African and Sierra Leonean Truth Commissions


1. Introduction
2. Moral Knowledge and Peace Research
3. The Morality of Conflict Resolution: A Critique of the State System and its Management of Sub-national Conflict
4. The Utility of Negotiation and Mediation
5. The Virtue of Forgiveness
6. The Value of Reconciliation
7. Toward an Agenda for Ethical Peacebuilding
8. Conclusion

About the Author

Tim Murithi is a Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for International Cooperation and Security (CICS) at the University of Bradford. Prior to that he was a Senior Researcher in the Conflict Prevention Programme at the Institute for Security Studies Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. From 2005 to 2007 he was Senior Researcher at the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. From 1999 to 2005 he was a Programme Officer at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research in Geneva, Switzerland. He has worked as a consultant to the African Union, the UN Development Programme in Sierra Leone, and the UK's Department for International Development, the International Peace Academy, UN Affiliated University for Peace, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and the InterAfrica Group. He is the author of The African Union: Pan-Africanism, Peacebuilding and Development (2005), Towards a Union Government for Africa: Challenges and Opportunities (2008) and co-editor of The African Union and its Institutions (2008).

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