Peacebuilding Compared

Peacebuilding Compared is a 25-year project designed to follow all the major armed conflicts around the world until 2030. The aim is to understand key ingredients that make for the success of sustainable peace building. The four books in the series so far are all in South-East Asia and the South Pacific. The project is led by Professor John Braithwaite of The Australian National University's RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance and he is one of the co-authors of all volumes produced from the project. Peacebuilding Compared has been funded by the Australian Research Council since 2004.

Please note: The following list of titles is sorted by publication date, with the most recent first.

Cascades of Violence »

War, Crime and Peacebuilding Across South Asia

Publication date: February 2018

War and crime are cascade phenomena. War cascades across space and time to more war; crime to more crime; crime cascades to war; and war to crime. As a result, war and crime become complex phenomena.


Networked Governance of Freedom and Tyranny »

Peace in Timor-Leste

Authored by: John Braithwaite, Hilary Charlesworth, Adérito Soares
Publication date: March 2012

This book offers a new approach to the extraordinary story of Timor-Leste. The Indonesian invasion of the former Portuguese colony in 1975 was widely considered to have permanently crushed the Timorese independence movement.


Pillars and Shadows »

Statebuilding as peacebuilding in Solomon Islands

Publication date: November 2010

This volume of the Peacebuilding Compared Project examines the sources of the armed conflict and coup in the Solomon Islands before and after the turn of the millennium.


Reconciliation and Architectures of Commitment »

Sequencing peace in Bougainville

Authored by: John Braithwaite, Hilary Charlesworth, Peter Reddy, Leah Dunn
Publication date: September 2010

Following a bloody civil war, peace consolidated slowly and sequentially in Bougainville. That sequence was of both a top-down architecture of credible commitment in a formal peace process and layer upon layer of bottom-up reconciliation.


Anomie and Violence »

Non-truth and Reconciliation in Indonesian Peacebuilding

Authored by: John Braithwaite, Valerie Braithwaite, Michael Cookson, Leah Dunn
Publication date: March 2010

Indonesia suffered an explosion of religious violence, ethnic violence, separatist violence, terrorism, and violence by criminal gangs, the security forces and militias in the late 1990s and early 2000s.