Energy Policy for Peace

Energy Policy for Peace

1st Edition - December 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Daniel Kammen, Hisashi Yoshikawa, Kensuke Yamaguchi
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128173503

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Though sustainable development goals and other international initiatives have insisted on the importance of energy access in peace building, there is still little understanding about the extent to which energy systems themselves can contribute to or mitigate structural violence. While there are ample relevant examples globally from a diverse literature and increasing body of case studies, this knowledge has not been systematically organized to show theoretical alternatives to current energy systems or deliver practical policy advice in building such alternatives.Informed by the contributions of a multidisciplinary global author pool, Energy Policy for Peace provides both a new foundation for researchers and practitioners exploring how energy systems can be changed to build positive peace, and a toolkit for redressing structural violence. The work opens by reviewing how unequal energy access strengthens structural violence. It argues that increasing access to energy access may be an important tool in mitigating structural violence. It concludes with practical policy recommendations and institutional reforms designed to mitigate the structural violence embedded in many energy systems and develop energy strategies for peace building.

Key Features

  • Reviews the characteristics of energy systems that enable positive peace
  • Discusses practical recommendations to achieve positive peace through energy strategy and policies
  • Draws on an array of real-world case studies drawn from an exemplary team of international practitioners
  • Provides a toolkit of policy options for stakeholders interested in redressing structural violence


Social scientists exploring problems from peace and conflict studies, structural violence, and the resource curse, particularly as it relates to energy policy, and broadly across the energy, environment and peace and conflict studies fields. Graduate and 1st year PhD students. International organisations. Government scientists and analysts. Government policymakers. Development institutions

Table of Contents

  • PART 1: Energy for Peace
    1. History and Background
    2. Basic principles and Analytical approaches
    3. Specific Methods

    PART 2: Country Studies
    4. Balkans
    5. South Sudan
    6. North Africa to EU
    7. Bangladesh
    8. Myanmar
    9. Columbia
    10. Comparison of Country Studies: Pros and Cons of Approaches

    PART 3: For Positive Peace
    11. Enabling Systems: Micro-grid, Interconnectivity, and Benefit-sharing
    12. Limitations and Implications

Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: December 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128173503

About the Editors

Daniel Kammen

Professor Daniel Kammen is Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with appointments in the Energy and Resources Group (where he serves as Chair), in Public Policy, and in Nuclear Engineering. He is the Founding Director of RAEL, and a former Science Envoy for the State Department. Also, since 1999, he has been a coordinating lead author or contributor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Hisashi Yoshikawa

Professor Hisashi Yoshikawa has worked in Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, OECD and IEA, and currently in the University of Tokyo as Project Professor at the Institute for Future Initiatives and Graduate School of Public Policy. He also serves as Research Director for the Canon Institute for Global Studies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives and Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Kensuke Yamaguchi

Professor Kensuke Yamaguchi is Project Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo. He has worked as an electrification advisor for the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar since 2017. Currently, he is also contributing to the inter-disciplinary “UTokyo Ocean Alliance” program supported by the Nippon Foundation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Project Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

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