The Frontlines of Peace

This webinar session focused on peacebuilding activities revolving around Prof. Séverine Autesserre's new book titled; 'The Frontlines of Peace'.

April 13, 2021

 

This webinar session focused on peacebuilding activities revolving around Prof. Séverine Autesserre's new book titled; 'The Frontlines of Peace'.

An award-winning researcher and peacebuilder, Prof. Séverine Autesserre in her book that was released in early 2021 examines the well-intentioned but inherently flawed peace industry. With examples drawn from across the globe, she reveals that peace can grow in the most unlikely circumstances. Contrary to what most politicians preach, building peace doesn’t require billions in aid or massive international interventions. Real, lasting peace requires giving power to local citizens. The webinar to dissect lessons for Africa as a whole on peacekeeping. 

The Frontlines of Peace according to this session tells the stories of the ordinary yet extraordinary individuals and organizations that are confronting violence in their communities effectively. This session proved to us that one thing is clear: Successful examples of peacebuilding around the world, in countries at war or at peace, have involved innovative grassroots initiatives led by local people and those outside peacekeepers and aid officials tend to interact primarily with national-level political and military leaders and rarely venture into the local conflict zones or come equipped with in-depth knowledge of the history, politics, and culture of the countries they seek to help, in these sorts of operations, Prof. Severrine Autesserre calls this preferred alternative “Peaceworld,” a bottom-up approach in which aid workers immerse themselves in local areas and build ties to grassroots organizations. By narrating success stories of this kind, Autesserre from this session showed the radical changes we must take in our approach if we hope to build lasting peace around us—whether we live in Congo, the United States, or elsewhere.

This book generally illustrates that peace communities are often built in the local neighborhood and involve inter and intra communities interactions.