On the Frontlines of Peace

Severine Autesserre

Original publisher: Oxford University PressCurrent Affairs

It’s always the same story told in a different setting. Violence breaks out, foreign nations are scandalized, interveners and million-dollar donors come rushing in, peace is declared, and within a month the situation is back to where it started. Sometimes worse.

In On the Frontlines of Peace Severine Autesserre, award-winning researcher and peacebuilder, opens our eyes to the well-intentioned but systematically flawed peace industry. The author sheds light on how typical peace interventions have been getting it wrong, and—more importantly—how a few of them have been getting it right. With examples drawn from across the globe, in a lively narrative, Autesserre reveals that peace can grow in the most unlikely circumstances, with the help of the most unlikely heroes. She makes the very compelling case that we must challenge prevailing wisdom about foreign intervention and radically change our approach if we hope to build lasting peace.