The Fetish of Peace: The Myth of Transformational Peace is a critical theoretical exploration of the ways in which the concept of peace is utilized and managed by the international arena and statist systems, distinctive in that the concept of peace is consistently employed in various performances by the state, and international systems, to address serious issues/problems in the international community. Despite all the rhetoric of peace and actions taken in the name of peace, we find ourselves within the same cycle of violence.
Joseph H. Campos II is deputy director of the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services and is affiliate faculty in the department of political science and Spark M. Matsunaga
Institute for Peace at the University of Hawaii at Manoa..
Katherine Brannum is program director for international relations and global security at the American Public University System.
Elena Mastors is lecturer at Johns Hopkins University.
Introduction: The Fetish of Peace
Chapter One: A Framework for Transformational Peace
Chapter Two:Northern Ireland: Challenges to Transformational Peace
Chapter Three: Guatemala: Leveraging Privilege to Control Peace
Chapter Four: Colombia: Transformation Interrupted
Chapter Five: Israel and Palestine: Endless Cycle of Transactional Peace
Conclusion: Moving from Transactional to Transformational Peace
War is an ever-present part of our lives, with 40 violent, destructive conflicts presently raging around the world. Peace remains a fleeting, elusive, and often unachievable state. At a time when the United States and other countries are scrutinizing recent misadventures attempting to negotiate or maintain peace, this book takes a fresh look at its construct. The authors, experts in terrorism and national security, explore the value of peace, and critically examine its transactional nature and exploitation as a commodity. This work also introduces important new theories, such as peace and security as complementary concepts. Using this framework, nations would enter conflicts with the end in mind, and not view negotiated peace as a bridge to cross on arrival. This revolutionary book is a must for those engaged in or studying war, peace and security activities. It reminds us of the ultimate goal in conflict resolution: transformational and lasting peace.