Striving for Peace: Roots of Chage

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The 2004 NPPF Coordinating Committee has compiled a list of books, articles, and web sites related to the Forum theme, "Roots of Change," and to the Forum's plenary speakers. If you would like to suggest additional materials for this page, please email



By Jimmy Carter:
The Blood of Abraham: Insights into the Middle East.
(New ed. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press. 1993.)
President Carter tells the history of the countries collectively known as the Middle East, and writes about the goals and the concerns of the people who share the blood of Abraham.

An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a rural boyhood.
(New York: Simon & Schuster. 2000.)
A wonderfully written memoir of Carter's life growing up in rural Georgia during the Depression. The book gives a good sense of the source of many of Carter's values, and is insightful about race relations in the rural South long before the Civil Rights Movement began to have much of an impact.

Keeping Faith: Memories of a president.
New York, Toronto: Bantam Books. 1982.
A memoir written from the daily diaries President Carter kept while in office, that provides the reader with insights into his triumphs and mistakes as President.

The Nobel Lecture, 2002.
A short book primarily containing Carter's December, 2002 Nobel Peace Prize speech in Oslo (also available free on the Nobel website).

Sources of Strength: Meditations on scriptures for a living faith. (1999.)

Talking Peace: A vision for the next generation.
(New York: Dutton Children's Books. 1993.)
An overview of Carter's work and advice about how to create peace, written for a young adult or high school audience.

Carter, Jimmy and Carter, Rosalynn. Everything to gain: making the most of the rest of your life.
(New ed. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press. 1995.)
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter discuss how they created a full life after their years in the White House. They share the changes in their marriage and their renewed commitment to life.

Richardson, Don, ed. Conversations with Carter.
(Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1998.)
Twenty years of major media interviews with Carter, from his campaign for the presidency to his post-presidential missions and activities around the world.



By Gro Harlem Brundtland:

Madame Prime Minister: A life in power and politics.
(New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.)
Brundtland's memoir about her life, from her childhood in Norway to becoming a doctor to serving as Prime Minister. The last two chapters offer a brief overview of her work as director of the World Health Organization.

World Commission on Environment and Development. Our common future.
(Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.)

Report of the "Brundtland Commission."One Earth, One World: Report from a research policy conference on environment and development, Fornebu, Oslo, Norway, 22-23 March 1988. (Oslo: Norwegian Research Council for Science and the Humanities, [1987]
Conference held in response to the 1987 report: Our common future.


Other Books of Interest:

Ballantine, Karen, and Jake Sherman, eds. The Political Economy of Armed Conflict: Beyond greed and grievance.
(Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003.)

Berdal, Mats R. and David M. Malone, eds. (International Peace Academy) Greed and Grievance: Economic agendas in civil wars.
(Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000.)

Cavanagh, John, et al. Alternatives to Economic Globalization.
Collection of essays by a wide variety of thinkers who propose alternatives to current international economic practices.

Friedman, Thomas. The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding globalization.
(Anchor Books. 2000.)
Readable analysis of global economics.

Garr, Robin, and David Osborne. Reinvesting in America: The grassroots movements that are feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, and putting Americans back to work.

Kielburger, Craig, and Kevin Major. Free the Children: A young man fights against child labor and proves that children can change the world.
(Perennial Press. 1999.)
Account by a 15-year old who, at age 12, became concerned about child labor and began a movement to change it.

Lederach, John Paul. Building Peace: Sustainable reconciliation in divided societies. (Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press, 1997.)



Habitat for Humanity International
Jimmy Carter and Habitat
Peace Prize - Norwegian Nobel Institute
Hendrick Hertzberg essay about Carter on PBS' "Character Above All."
Waging Peace article (1998) on Carter about his peace efforts during and after office.
"Just War--or a Just War?" by Jimmy Carter in the March 9, 2003 New York Times.
Jan 31, 2003 editorial by Carter, "An Alternative to War."


World Health Organization
Profile of Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, now Director-General Emerita.
"Health, Dignity and Human Rights," speech by Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, 12 June 03.


"The Interfaith Youth Core is a youth-led, Chicago-based international interfaith organization. We bring youth from different faith communities together to engage in social action projects and share how their different faiths inspire social justice."
Profile of Eboo Patel in Conscious Choice magazine.


Grassroots Organizations:
(TIG) is an international organization based in Toronto that brings together young people in more than 200 countries within international networks to "collaborate on concrete projects addressing global problems and creating positive change."
Oxfam International is a "confederation of 12 organizations working together in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice."
Microlending organization.
Grameen initiated micro loans.
Micro loans for the very poor; article from the New York TImes, Feb. 16, 1997.
Cultural Survival, promoting "rights, voices and visions of indigenous people."
Grassroots International "promotes global justice through partnerships with social change organizations. We work to advance political, economic and social rights and support development alternatives through grant making, education and advocacy."


Conflict Resolution:
Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation, published online. Hugh Miall, Conflict Transformation: A Multi-Dimensional Task." May 2001.
A rich site on conflict resolution by INCORE, an organization that "aims to address the management and resolution of conflict through research and training." The University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and the United Nations University founded INCORE in 1993.
Online journal of peace and conflict resolution.
A gateway web site with lots of links relating to conflict resolution, by the Conflict Research Consortium at the University of Colorado.
IPA is an independent, international institution dedicated to promoting the prevention and settlement of armed conflicts between and within states through policy research and development.


Human Rights:
Human Rights Watch
Amnesty International