University for Peace Faculty Member Dr. Manish Thapa Publishes New Book on Conflict and Peacebuilding


University for Peace, Rodrigo Carazo Campus, 15 January 2016. The University for Peace is proud to announce the publication of a new book by Faculty Member Dr. Manish Thapa, member of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies.

The end of the Cold War and the fundamental changes taking places within the international system has altered the nature of armed conflicts. Since the late 1980’s, the main threat to regional and global peace has not come from major inter-state confrontations, but internal conflicts, conflicts occurring within the borders of individual states. These internal conflicts often involve ethnic and cultural tensions, religious and tribal rivalries, as well as domestic power struggles for governance. Internal conflicts reflect fundamental clashes between peoples of different ethnic groups, different cultures, and even different civilizations. Distorted images, excessive fear and distrust, and fundamental divergences on political, economic and religious values are all in play. Most of the time, the absence of a clear battlefield and the involvement of multiple parties with uneven force make these situations even more problematic. Therefore, internal conflicts are rather difficult to manage and resolve.

Dr. Manish Thapa, Professor of International Peace Studies at University for Peace (UPEACE), has edited this volume, which examines the challenges to post-conflict peacebuilding efforts and the difficulties in building sustainable peace in societies recently destabilized by internal armed conflicts. Every post-conflict peacebuilding challenge is uniquely different and this book seeks to examine this phenomenon by using 9 case studies of countries ravaged by internal conflicts and presenting a very holistic view of peacebuilding practices and their challenges. These challenges, including democratization, governance, reconciliation, DDR, security sector reforms, education, and reconstruction are thus exemplified by analysing the cases of Nepal, Sir Lanka, Côte d'Ivoire's, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Philippines, Colombia, East Timor and Liberia.

In the foreword, written by Dr. Francisco Rojas Aravena, Rector of University for Peace, it is written: “We welcome this new book – Internal Conflicts & Peacebuilding Challenges – edited by Dr. Manish Thapa, Professor of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University for Peace, which represents a substantial contribution to the understanding of internal conflicts within the continuous search for the reconstruction of global, regional, national, and local governance, all within the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations.”

The book is available on Amazon through the following link:

Other publications by Dr. Manish Thapa include:

India in the Contemporary World: Polity, Economy & International Relations, (Co-Editor), London/New York/New Delhi: Routledge, 2014.

Institutional Approaches to Gender Mainstreaming Policies in Post Conflict Reconstruction – A Case Study of World Bank, Berlin: Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.


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