Peace from the Bottom Up with Séverine Autesserre

April 5, 2021

Prof. Séverine Autesserre of Barnard College, discusses "Peace from the Bottom Up" on the International Horizons podcast.

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What are alternative approaches to existing international peace-building paradigms? Does de-escalation need to be guided by international elites that work with local leaders, or are there more important societal actors that are better positioned to push for peace?  Are differing peace-building strategies mutually exclusive, or can they work in tandem to achieve better results?

Séverine Autesserre, a professor of political science at Barnard College of Columbia University, talks about her new book, The Frontlines of Peace: An Insider’s Guide to Changing the World, which aims to reform peace building.  She discusses the importance of taking seriously the wisdom of local people in troubled areas as a means of decreasing tension and violence, and contrasts this approach with the efforts controlled by international actors with little insight into local conditions. In conversation with Professor John Torpey, director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies.

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