Since 2004, I have led the Peacebuilding Compared project with support from Leah Dunn, Kate Macfarlane, Deb Cleland, Camille McMahon, Valerie Braithwaite, Hilary Charlesworth and many others from conflict zones where fieldwork is conducted. Many of my co-authors, such as Bina D’Costa, Aderito Soares, Ali Wardak, Ali Gohar, Tamim Rashid, Naing Ko Ko and Aleksandar Marsavelski were raised by the country where this fieldwork was completed, and other co-authors are regional experts. Peacebuilding Compared follows, until 2030, the 50-60 most significant armed conflicts across the world since 1988.
Over 700 variables are coded for each war. Specific wars also stand alone as contextually rich accounts of successes and failures of peace. The Australian Research Council has funded Peacebuilding Compared since 2004. 26 conflicts now have preliminary coding and sustainability of peace will be followed for 20 years (until 2030). The aim is a unique hybrid of ethnographic and quantitative research. Peacebuilding Compared is led by John Braithwaite, who drives all fieldwork in collaboration with more expert co-authors and PhD scholars, usually citizens of the wartorn society.
The project integrates my life work because crime prevention, especially organizational crime prevention, and business regulation turn out to be critical pieces of peacebuilding. To date, I have preliminarily coded 34 armed conflicts and interviewed more than 4000 warmakers and peacemakers around the world thanks to support from the Australian Research Council.
Five Peacebuilding Compared books have been published so far. Videos have also been produced from the project, for example on the Peace Conference we conducted in Bougainville and the film ‘Homebound’ based on the Bangladesh fieldwork by Sari Braithwaite.