Peacebuilding in the United Nations

Coming into Life

  • Fernando Cavalcante

Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Fernando Cavalcante
    Pages 1-27
  3. Fernando Cavalcante
    Pages 57-85
  4. Fernando Cavalcante
    Pages 153-193
  5. Fernando Cavalcante
    Pages 273-283
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-323

About this book


This book traces the trajectory and different meanings of the concept of peacebuilding in the United Nations since the early 1990s. It analyses how that concept gained life in a particular context and the implications of this process for the Organisation’s support to societies affected by armed conflict in general and for peace operations in particular. Departing from tenets about the influence of ideas in world politics and engaging with the critique of the liberal peace scholarship, the book provides a theoretically informed narrative of how peacebuilding acquired different meanings while remaining largely motivated, justified, legitimated and informed by a proactive and top-down agenda of promoting liberal democratic institutions, norms and values as a remedy to the challenges faced by societies affected by armed conflict. The book will appeal to scholars, policymakers and practitioners in peacebuilding and post-conflict development.

Fernando Cavalcante is Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations, currently serving in Afghanistan. Dr. Cavalcante’s research in peace and conflict studies focuses on political, policy and institutional aspects relating to UN peace operations.


United Nations peacebuilding peacemaking peacekeeping diplomacy preventive diplomacy constructivism conflict post-conflict liberal democratic peacebuilding peacebuilding architecture Boutros Boutros-Ghali El Salvador Mozambique Cambodia Timor-Leste Peacebuilding Commission Peacebuilding Support Office Peacebuilding Fund UN responses

Authors and affiliations

  • Fernando Cavalcante
    • 1
  1. 1.United NationsKabulAfghanistan

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