The Shifting Grounds of Conflict and Peacebuilding

Stories and Lessons

By (author) John W. McDonald, Noa Zanolli

Publication date:

07 August 2008

Length of book:

362 pages


Lexington Books

ISBN-13: 9780739124253

This book brings together the remembrances of Ambassador John W. McDonald, a veteran diplomat whose life serves as a model to those people of vision and action who wish to make a difference in a world that is desperate for the end of conflict. Beginning his career in international diplomacy in post-WWII Berlin and under the Marshall Plan, Ambassador McDonald's 40 years of working with the U.S. government and the United Nations—as well as with various academic institutions and NGOs—offer the reader both inspiration and hope for the future of international peace and cooperation. This international civil servant of extraordinary vision and courage has devoted his life to the successful resolution of conflict through communication.

The Shifting Grounds of Conflict and Peacemaking contains the professional life lessons of Ambassador McDonald and offers his insight into international issues, providing frank and informed discussion on the environment, women's rights, the global water crisis, sustainable resources, international development, and, above all, peace. Those looking to be inspired into action should read this book to receive guidance about how one person can make all the difference toward building a lasting peace.
Ambassador John W. McDonald is widely credited as a founding father of the emerging field of multi-track diplomacy, which shares responsibility for a radical drop in the level of political violence globally over the last 20 years. This book reveals the extraordinary details of a 60-year career that serves as a shining example of what it is possible for us to accomplish through multi-track diplomacy. His life shows that it is the commitment and imagination of individuals and small groups working in and across government, civil society, and private sectors, as well as across religious and secular, cultural, national, ethnic, and gender divides, bottom-up as well as top-down, that create the spark needed for transformative social change at all levels and sustainable peace for a small planet.