Dutch Civil Society: Peace Writ Large
This chapter is about Dutch civil society visions of peace. In contrast to diplomats and military officers, Dutch civil society peace workers stress that many activities and objectives can be subsumed under the umbrella of peace work, a vision dubbed Peace Writ Large. When asked to operationalize this broad vision in the context of the work they do, interviewees come up with two other visions of peace. The first is peace-as-process, which treats peace as a never-ending process (both political and interpersonal) that requires continuous dialogue, monitoring and intervention. The specific short-term objectives of this process are less relevant, what matters is that ‘the conversation is kept going’. When they do think of peace as a goal, they tend to agree with the military that the first priority is for people in conflict areas to experience freedom from fear.
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