Abstract and Keywords
This chapter assesses the scholarship and strategies associated with conflict prevention. It identifies four transformative shifts that have the potential to prevent conflict, namely the development of transformative gender relations; the elimination of militarized power relations; recognition of the importance of restorative agency and the reimagining of development strategies to ensure that they are equitable. Drawing on examples of international and local institutions and initiatives, this chapter suggests that conflict prevention requires a holistic social, cultural, and political response that engages with a broad cross section of the community. We argue that conflict prevention is not merely a fool’s errand. To that end, we provide a practical, integrated roadmap for academics, policymakers, and field-based practitioners alike to connect local, national, regional, and global efforts for peace and security, sustainable development, and human rights.
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