Between 2001 and 2012, the WISCOMP Conflict Transformation Workshops generated a repertoire of books, discussion papers, reports, and films that have made an important contribution to the discourse on peacebuilding. The strategic relationships built between the Indian and Pakistani participants at the Workshops have generated broader processes of change, most visibly reflected in their commitment to undertake Joint Research Across the Faultlines of Conflict. While the cultural affinity and shared interests and lifestyles play a big part in changing the way Indian and Pakistani participants interact with one another, what has acted as even stronger glue are the common professional aspirations, which have taken the form of collaborative action research and book writing projects. WISCOMP supported these in an effort to deepen professional partnerships between ‘third generation’ Indians and Pakistanis.
The book shares WISCOMP’s theories of change, measures outcomes, and examines the overall effectiveness and relevance of the Program, which built ‘strategic’ relationships between over 400 youth leaders from India and Pakistan. Investigating whether its theories of change were validated, the book also lists the challenges and lessons learned and makes recommendations for future peacebuilding.