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Peacebuilding

The Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1997-2017

  • David Chandler

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Chandler
      Pages 3-20
    3. David Chandler
      Pages 21-42
  3. The Rise of Peacebuilding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. David Chandler
      Pages 45-68
    3. David Chandler
      Pages 69-91
  4. The Peacebuilding Impasse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. David Chandler
      Pages 95-118
    3. David Chandler
      Pages 119-139
  5. Beyond Peacebuilding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. David Chandler
      Pages 143-163
    3. David Chandler
      Pages 165-187
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. David Chandler
      Pages 191-210
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 211-243

About this book

Introduction

This book is the first to chart the rise and fall of peacebuilding. Charting its beginnings, as an ad-hoc extension of peacekeeping responsibilities, and formalisation, as a UN-supported international project of building liberal states. Twenty years later, the grounding policy assumptions of peacebuilding - that democracy, the rule of law and free markets were a universal solution to conflict-prone states and societies - have been revealed as naïve at best, and at worst, hubristic and Eurocentric.

Here, Chandler traces the disillusionment with international peacebuilding, and the discursive shifts in the self-understanding of the peacebuilding project in policy and academic debate. He charts the transformation from peacebuilding as an international project based on universalist assumptions, to the understanding of peace as a necessarily indigenous process based on plural and non-linear understandings of difference. Is the end of peacebuilding necessarily a cause for celebration? Does this shift result in a realist resignation to the world as it appears? Is it necessary to “marry idealism with realism” – as E.H. Carr once argued - if we wish to keep open the possibilities for social change? This book seeks to answer these questions, making an invaluable reference both for students and practitioners of peacebuilding and for those interested in the broader shifts in the social and political grounding of policy-making today.

Keywords

Intervention Post-Conflict Statebuilding Peacebuilding Twenty Years’ Crisis

Authors and affiliations

  • David Chandler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Politics & International RelationsUniversity of WestminsterLondonUnited Kingdom

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