Synopses & Reviews
For building sustainable peace and security, the time is always now. 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. 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.
About the Author
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 Aid for Peace: A Guide for Planning and Evaluation in Conflict Zones and Open Book D.R. Congo: Positive Prospects, Building Sustainable Peace Together.