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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Journal of Conflict Transformation & Security (JCTS) “explores the view that by addressing conflict transformation and security holistically it is possible to achieve a high level of stability and human security, requiring interventions at both policy and practitioner level.” Issues the journal considers part of the process of change include (among others): negotiated peace agreements, conflict management, peacekeeping, physical reconstruction, economic regeneration, psycho-social support, rebuilding of primary services, enabling social cohesion, constitution writing, state accountability, and human resource management – and they invite submissions on all these topics, preferring “articles that address and contribute to important disciplinary and interdisciplinary questions and controversies with using case studies, empirical research and comparative analysis.”
The current issue, October 2012, includes such articles as, “Youth and Violence in Freetown: the Transmission of a Culture of Violence in Post-War Sierra Leone,” “State-Building in Kosovo: ‘Stuck in the Mud,’” “Sex and (In)Security: The Dialectic of Gender in the Making of India’s National Security Policy,” “Defeat the Tweet? Social Media, Grassroots Dissent, and Authoritarian Co-optation,” and “Public Opinion on Climate Change as a Source of Human Insecurity,” by authors from the Middle East, Kosovo, Bangladesh, Bellevue University, and Istanbul.
Five well-written, scholarly book reviews appear in this issue, as well, of Peter Wallensteen’s Understanding Conflict Resolution: War, Peace and the Global System, Mélanie Torrent’s Diplomacy and Nation-building in Africa: Franco-British Relations and Cameroon at the End of Empire, Peng Er Lam’s Japan's Peace-Building Diplomacy in Asia: Seeking a More Active Political Role, Jordan Tama’s Terrorism and National Security Reform: How Commissions can Drive Change during Crises, and Prem Mahadevan’s The Politics of Counterterrorism in India.
A wide range of researchers, scholars, human rights activists, and mediators will all want to know about and use this title extensively – it’s an important addition to the literature of human rights and security.