Peace Teams grew out of the development of courses for the Institute's new Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding. During this process, we soon realized that we needed to reach broad agreement on terminology, especially given the cross-disciplinary nature of the field. You have at your fingertips the result of that ambitious endeavor.

A wide range of online and print sources, as well as the senior staff at USIP, were consulted in the process of compiling a list of terms for this glossary. Because the glossary is intended for a broad audience, I did not footnote the text but instead listed the major sources at the end of the glossary. I had intended to use as many existing definitions as possible but found that there were surprisingly few agreed-upon definitions. One colleague went so far as to say that every term in the field was contested in some way.

Accordingly, definitions are sometimes original, sometimes composites of existing definitions, and sometimes existing definitions that I tightened or reframed. For reasons of time and space, we decided not to include foreign words, nor to address the difficult question of how and whether English terms would translate into other languages.

I want to thank USIP senior staff for their thorough and constructive comments on the draft definitions, and especially Institute president Richard Solomon, executive vice president Tara Sonenshine, and USIP board member Chester Crocker for their encouragement and advice. Also invaluable has been the support of the Academy team and everyone else who encouraged the project and commented on various drafts. I would also like to thank the staffs of the Institute library, publications, and communications programs for their many contributions. And a special thanks goes to Dominic Volonnino, who created the glossary web site and answered my many questions with patience and perception.

Dan Snodderly

Connect With Us

Read the glossary's User Comment Policy.