Beyond Settlement


Wroxton, England (November 11, 2008) — Nicholas Baldwin, dean and director of operations at FDU’s British campus, Wroxton College, has co-edited a new book “Beyond Settlement: Making Peace Last After Civil Conflict.”


This collection examines and evaluates institution building and sector reform in conflict states. It does so through an analysis of eighteen case studies covering eleven countries, spanning five continents and six decades.

Each case study is written by an expert/practitioner. Some of the conflicts covered are ongoing, while others have been resolved. Still others are in the peace-building or immediate post-conflict stage.

The rationale behind such a variety of case studies is to be able to examine the processes of institution building security sector reform over time and through a variety of stages in order to identify and evaluate similarities and differences, successes and failures.

In all of this the role of the editors has been to see if there are identifiable similarities and elements that can be applied across civil conflicts in attempts to make peace last as nations and peoples move beyond settlement.

Co-editor Vanessa E. Shields is a program manager with a Washington, DC consultancy group primarily working with USAID. She is an FDU alumna.

Published by FDU Press.

About Dr. Baldwin


Dr. Baldwin obtained a B.A. (Hons.) Degree in Special Politics from the University of Hull in 1979 and was later awarded his Doctorate from the University of Exeter for which he focused on the Contemporary House of Lords.

He served as Special Assistant to a group of Members of the House of Lords in the early 1980s, and in the 1983 General Election was a Candidate for election to the House of Commons.

An authority on Parliament, Dr Baldwin is a member of the prestigious ‘Study of Parliament Group’ and an Associate of the Centre for Legislative Studies.  His publications include: Mastering British Politics (with FN Forman) (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007, 1999 and 1996), Parliament in the Twenty-First Century (Politico's/Methuen, 2005), Executive Leadership and Legislative Assemblies (Routledge, 2005), Legislatures and Executives: An Investigation into the Relationship at the Heart of Government (Frank Cass, 2004), Second Chambers (with D Shell) (Frank Cass, 2001), and contributions to The House of Lords: its Parliamentary and Judicial Roles (Hart, 1999), The Law and Parliament (Butterworths, 1998), The House of Lords at Work (OUP, 1993), Parliament & Pressure Politics (OUP, 1990) and Parliament in the 1980s (Basil Blackwell, 1985) as well as a large number of journal articles, other articles, reviews, etc.

Dr Baldwin is a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Legislative Studies and of The Study of Parliament Group.

Dr Baldwin has lectured widely in Great Britain and abroad and has also been responsible for organising a large number of national and international conferences on political, business, criminal justice, public administration, communications and health-care matters, including between British MPs/Peers and American Congressmen.  In addition, Dr Baldwin has organised more than  60 Undergraduate Conferences on 'Parliament Today', ‘Britain and the European Union’, and ‘The Politics of Northern Ireland’ held in the British Houses of Parliament, the institutions of the European Union in Brussels and in Stormont (NI).

In 2000 Dr Baldwin was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.).

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