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Time For Peace:
The essential role of time in conflict and peace processes


For building sustainable peace and security, the time is always now.

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Violence in our world extends beyond armed conflicts: it exists in our social and economic structures, not to mention in our destruction of the environment. How can we build more sustainable development and peace? In this innovative, ambitious book, Dr Luc Reychler argues that we must drastically change our ‘temporament’, or the way we deal with time. He surveys the vast temporal landscape, and considers its many dimensions, such as how time relates to emotions, religion and conflict, and how our time horizons affect the natural world.

Using examples such as Hurricane Katrina and regime change in Libya, Reychler shows how time is misused in conflicts – be it the failure to anticipate a disaster, or the manipulation of time to create a false sense of urgency. Ultimately, he proposes a more adaptive attitude to time, so that we can be proactive rather than reactive in our efforts at sustainable development and conflict resolution.

Based on Reychler’s 40-year experience in the field, Time for Peace is an original and important contribution to the development and peace research literature.

Luc Reychler, author of Time For Peace: The Essential Role of Time in Conflict and Peace Processes

Luc Reychler

Dr Luc Reychler is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Leuven. He obtained his PhD from Harvard University in 1976, and he is a former director of the Center for Peace Research and Strategic Studies. He was also the secretary general of the International Peace Research Association from 2004 to 2008.

Over his 40-year career, Dr Reychler has published widely on sustainable peace-building architecture, planning and evaluation of violence prevention and peace-building interventions and multilateral negotiations. His most recent books include Le défi de la paix au Burundi (Paris: L’Harmattan, 1999), Democratic Peace-building: The Devil Is in the Transition (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 1999), Peace Building: A Field Guide (Boulder, CO: Lynne Riener, 2001), De volgende genocide (‘The Next Genocide’, Leuven: Leuven University Press, 1994), Aid for Peace: A Guide for Planning and Evaluation in Conflict Zones (Nomos, 2007), and Open Book D.R. Congo: Positive Prospects, Building Sustainable Peace Together (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2010).