Pioneer in Peace and Conflict Studies publication honors Kriesberg

Kriesberg,-LouisLouis Kriesberg is honored for a lifetime of distinguished work in the conflict studies field by the publication of Louis Kriesberg: Pioneer in Peace and Constructive Conflict Resolution Studies. It is a part of the Pioneers in Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering, Practice series published by Springer.

The Pioneers series highlights “eminent conceptual thinkers, scholars, policymakers and practitioners who—as pioneers in a specific field of research or an area of political debate—have had an innovative, long-lasting national, regional or global impact on issues crucial for humankind in the twenty-first century.” The series is published in partnership with AFES-PRESS (Peace Research and European Security Studies), an international nonprofit scientific society.

In this book, Kriesberg provides an account of his career, tracing the trajectory of his discoveries, contributions, and stumbles as he sought to help advance toward a more sustainable and just peace in the world. He discusses the context of the several areas of conflict studies that he focused upon, notably intractable conflicts and their transformation, reconciliation, conflict analysis, and waging conflicts constructively. The book also includes a foreword by George A. Lopez and several major selections of his writings.

Now in his 90th year, Kriesberg remains highly active in writing and other activities that contribute to the constructive conflict studies field and its applications. This is marked by the publication of the 5th edition of Constructive Conflicts: From Escalation to Resolution, co-authored with Bruce W. Dayton (as was the 4th edition), published by Rowman and Littlefield. The first edition was published in 1998. The fifth edition offers a stronger focus on the kinds of activities that are likely to result in constructive transformations at every stage of conflict. A companion book, which Bruce W. Dayton and Louis Kriesberg co-edited, Perspectives in Waging Conflicts Constructively, is forthcoming.

Since joining Syracuse University in 1962, Kriesberg has been a valued faculty member and was the founding director of the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts (PARCC), where he is still an active associate. Most recently he participated in PARCC's Conversations in Conflict Studies Series in September to speak on building an infrastructure for peace. Upcoming PARCC events can be found here.