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Just Reconciliation

The Practice and Morality of Making Peace


Edited By John R. Elford

Most people desire peace but understand that military intervention is sometimes required as a last resort. This book argues that more attention must therefore be given to the study and practice of post-conflict reconciliation. The essays collected here look at the work of figures such as Marc Ellis, Donald Reeves, Justin Welby and the ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ Andrew White, and examines how these individuals portray the different successes and failures of reconciliation in dangerous situations. Other chapters examine the contributions made to reconciliation activity by psychology, aid distribution, commissions and peace treaties. The countries and regions under discussion include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, the Middle East, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The contributions reflect both religious and secular views on reconciliation.
The central debate takes place in the context of the changing role of the military in the modern world. The essays in the volume argue that issues relating to reconciliation and the post-conflict reconstruction of civil society should be considered a part of the moral assessment of military action and that the theory of just war needs to be developed to include considerations of this kind.


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Notes on Contributors Seidu Alidu is a PhD student at Leeds Metropolitan University. Edina Bećirević is Assistant Professor of History at Sarajevo University. Lakshman Dissanayake is Professor of Demography at the University of Colombo and is currently Visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University. R. John Elford was formerly Visiting Professor of Ethics at Leeds Met- ropolitan University. Marc H. Ellis is University Professor of Jewish Studies, Professor of His- tory and Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies at Baylor University. Gavin Fairbairn is Professor of Ethics and Language at Leeds Metro- politan University. Ayeray Medina Bustos is a PhD student at Leeds Metropolitan University. Stephen Paul is Director of the Centre for Psychological Therapies at Leeds Metropolitan University. Donald Reeves was Rector of St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London, and co-founded The Soul of Europe. Ron Roberts is Senior Lecturer at Kingston University. D.C. Webb is Professor of Engineering and Director of the Praxis Centre at Leeds Metropolitan University. Justin Welby is Dean of Liverpool.

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