Case Studies from the Ground Up: Transforming Conflict through Accompaniment, Engagement, and Empowerment

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Renken, Courtney L
Asian Studies; Civic and Community Engagement; Community Psychology; Inequality and Stratification; International Relations; Peace and Conflict Studies; Politics and Social Change
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This paper examines the work and effectiveness of two organizations, Nonviolent Peaceforce and Organization United for Trash Reduction and Garbage Equity (OUTRAGE), within the field of Conflict Transformation. Nonviolent Peaceforce is an organization that focuses on international civilian peacekeeping and unarmed human accompaniment in countries of violent conflict. The case study for this analysis is the project in Sri Lanka. OUTRAGE focuses on environmental and health justice issues in the North Brooklyn communities of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. The paper outlines the conflict in Sri Lanka and in Brooklyn along with how each organization functions within the Conflict Transformation realms of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, and Resolution. Through analysis, it is apparent that the two organizations profiled in this case study, empowers and engages civil society to transform the conflicts that threaten their communities.