Abstract representation of cascading violence

Cascades of Violence front cover by artist Eli Vokounova

Cascades of violence: War, crime and peacebuilding across South Asia

4th March 2018

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John Braithwaite

John Braithwaite is a Professor and Founder of RegNet (the Regulatory Institutions Network), now School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University.

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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. That does not mean we cannot understand how to prevent crime and war simultaneously. This book shows, for example, how a cascade analysis leads to an understanding of how refugee camps are nodes of both targeted attack and targeted recruitment into violence.

Hence, humanitarian prevention also must target such nodes of risk. This book shows how nonviolence and nondomination can also be made to cascade, shunting cascades of violence into reverse.

These themes are explored across seven South Asian societies during eight years of fieldwork.

About the authors

John Braithwaite is a Distinguished Professor and Founder of RegNet. John is best known for his work on responsive regulation, peacebuilding and restorative justice. He is currently undertaking a 20-year comparative project called ‘Peacebuilding Compared’ with Hilary Charlesworth and Valerie Braithwaite. Publications from this project include the co-authored Networked Governance of Freedom and Tyranny: Peace in East Timor(ANU Press: 2012); Pillars and Shadows: Statebuilding as peacebuilding in Solomon Islands (ANU E Press: 2010); Reconciliation and Architectures of Commitment: Sequencing peace in Bougainville (ANU E Press: 2010); and Anomie and Violence: Non-truth and reconciliation in Indonesian peacebuilding (ANU E Press: 2010). 

Bina D’Costa is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University. Bina has contributed to various projects in Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, India, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Thailand; and worked as a policy analyst for the Vanderbilt University, UNRISD (United Nations Research in Social Development), UNDP (United Nations Development Program), OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australia) and DfID (Department for International Development - UK). Her research focuses on human rights, justice and security issues in South Asia.

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