What is peace according to IR theory? This question appears to have been settled in favour of the liberal peace. This comprises a victor’s peace aimed at security, an institutional peace to provide international governance and guarantees, a constitutional peace to ensure democracy and free trade, and a civil peace to ensure freedom and rights.2 Though the concept of peace is often assumed to be central, it is rarely defined in IR theory. This raises issues related to an ontology of peace, culture, development, agency and structure, and their implications for ‘everyday life’.3


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