This book analyses the use of communication in resolving conflicts, with a focus on de-escalation and processes of peacebuilding and peace formation.

From the employment of hate radio in the Rwanda genocide, to the current conflict between Russia and the Ukraine following events in the Crimea, communication and the media are widely recognized as powerful tools in conflicts and war. Although there has been significant academic attention on the relationship between the media, conflict and war, academic efforts to understand this relationship have tended to focus primarily on the links between communication and conflict, rather than on communication and peace.

In order to make sense of peace it is essential to look at communication in its many facets, mediated or not. This is true within many of the diverse strands that make up the field of communication and peace, but it is also true in the sense that a holistic and interdisciplinary approach is missing from the literature. This book addresses this widely acknowledged lacuna by providing an interdisciplinary perspective on the field, bringing together relevant, but so far largely isolated, streams of research. In doing so, it aims to provide a platform for further reflection of the meaning of, and requirements for, peace in our contemporary world with a focus on de-escalation, conflict transformation, reconciliation and processes of peacebuilding – as opposed to conflict escalation or crisis intervention.

This volume will be of much interest to students of peace and conflict studies, peacebuilding, media and communication studies, security studies and IR in general.

chapter |15 pages


Communication and peace – mapping an emerging field

chapter 1|18 pages

Media in peace and conflict studies

part I|84 pages

Reporting and representing peace

chapter 4|14 pages

Conflict-Sensitive Journalism

(R)evolution in media peacebuilding

chapter 5|16 pages

The United Nations' “Responsibility to Protect” and the world's press

Establishing a new humanitarian norm?

chapter 6|15 pages

Media and war propaganda

The value of exposure

chapter 7|13 pages

Imagined violence

Representations of masculinity and a culture of peace

part II|129 pages

Intervening for peace

chapter 9|13 pages

Still caught in the crossfire?

UN peace operations and their information capacities

chapter 10|15 pages

Beyond journalism

Expanding the use of media in peacebuilding

chapter 11|16 pages

UN peacekeeping radio

The way forward

chapter 13|12 pages

Digital technology and peace

chapter 15|14 pages

Capacity-building, institutional change and theories of change

Creating an enabling environment for journalists in post-conflict environments

part III|53 pages

Enacting and communicating peace

chapter 19|12 pages

Communication for memory and peace

Articulating violence in post-repressive contexts

chapter 21|13 pages

Communication toward a negotiated peace

Conflict, contestation and the media