Pamina Firchow - Reclaiming Everyday Peace
Winner of the 2020 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year, “Reclaiming Everyday Peace addresses the effectiveness and impact of local level interventions on communities affected by war. Using an innovative methodology to generate participatory numbers, Pamina Firchow finds that communities saturated with external interventions after war do not have substantive higher levels of peacefulness according to community-defined indicators of peace than those with lower levels of interventions. These findings suggest that current international peacebuilding efforts are not very effective at achieving peace by local standards because disproportionate attention is paid to reconstruction, governance and development assistance with little attention paid to community ties and healing.
Pamina Firchow is an academic, professor, and researcher. Her interests include political violence, peacebuilding and transitional justice. Currently, she is the Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution and Coexistence at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Firchow earned her PhD in Development Studies from the Graduate Insititute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She has also studied at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires. She has taught at many esteemed universities throughout America and previously worked with several NGOs. Her latest book Reclaiming Everyday Peace was the winner of the Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Award in 2020