Imagine: Reflections on Peace

A book, exhibition and education project

When battlefield prowess and political manipulation are not enough to achieve peace through victory, we summon our best and brightest to negotiate an end; we celebrate peace settlements; and we give prizes, if not to victors, then to visionaries. We exalt peace as a human achievement, and justly so. But the reality of peace is flawed. The rewards of peace are elusive for the men and women who live in the post-conflict societies of our time. Why is it so difficult to make a good peace when it is so easy to imagine?


Why is it so difficult to make a good peace when it is so easy to imagine? That is the question behind Imagine: Reflections on Peace, which was published in October 2020. In this stunning collection, world-renown journalists and authors take us into societies that have suffered searing conflict—and survived. Photographic essays make the stakes during war and peace grippingly palpable. Compelling backstories about negotiations, tales of survival, and accounts of the search for inner peace make the big picture personal. They also reveal the complexities of redemption and rebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Colombia, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, and Rwanda. With added insights from scholars and practitioners, the book offers a rare and fascinating glimpse into the unvarnished story of peace and a window into what it takes for societies and individuals to move forward after unspeakable brutality.

“The searing images and moving essays contained in this book teach us much about the lessons of history, the costs of war, and the overlooked challenges of achieving lasting peace. The honesty and introspection of the contributors also reminds us that the gaps that exist between peoples can be bridged; wounds can be healed; hatreds can be dissolved; and the once unthinkable can become reality—if there is a willingness to pursue dialogue and embrace our common humanity. Imagine: Reflections on Peace is a timely and important call to action.”  — Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright

Imagine: Reflections on Peace
Published in English as Imagine: Reflections on Peace and in French as Imagine: Penser la Paix.

408 pages, 200 photographs.

Available online and in selected bookstores across the US, UK, and Europe now.

Price: $49,95 | £39 | €45


The Peace Project is also a stand-alone exhibit that is touring the world.

  • The United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC., 2 June – 1 August 2022
  • The National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, 22 April – 31 July 2022
  • The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva, Switzerland, September 2020 – January 2021
  • Bayeux-Calvados-Normandy Award, Bayeux, France, 5 October 2020


Stay tuned for more information on the conferences, debates, and educational workshops that we will organize to foster discussion about creating and maintaining peace in the 21st century.

Funded by the Gross Family Foundation

VII Foundation is grateful for generous funding from the Gross Family Foundation, which supports the production of this project.

Find out more about the project here