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The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and the Institute for African Studies present

Book Talk: Resilient Communities: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War
(Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press: 2018)

Dr. Jana Kraus, Author
Senior Lecturer in Security/Conflict
Department of Political Science
University of Amsterdam

Moderated by Séverine Autesserre
Senior Research Scholar, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies; Professor of Political Science, Barnard College

In Resilient Communities: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Jana Krause analyzes civilian agency in communal conflicts and mobilization for violence and non-violence ‘from below’. The book explains the causal role of civilian agency in conflict escalation to communal wars and in the emergence of nonviolent communities and social resilience. Her analysis draws on extensive fieldwork in ethno-religious conflicts in eastern Indonesia (Ambon, Maluku province) and in central Nigeria (Jos, Plateau State).

Resilient Communities won the 2019 Lee Ann Fujii Award for Innovation in the Interpretive Study of Political Violence of the American Political Science Association’s Interpretive Methodologies and Methods (IMM) Section and was Finalist for the 2019 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Award.

Jana Krause is a Senior Lecturer in Security and Conflict in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on civilian agency and civilian protection in communal conflicts and civil wars; local peacebuilding and social resilience; and the gender dimensions of peacebuilding. She has conducted extensive field research on these issues in Indonesia and Nigeria, and more recently in Kenya, South Sudan, and Myanmar. Krause holds a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and has been Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and at the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence at Yale University.

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