A Typology of Mid-Space Local Bridge-Builders

  • Yuji Uesugi
  • Megumi Kagawa
Part of the Security, Development and Human Rights in East Asia book series (SDHRP)


This chapter develops a typology of ‘mid-space local bridge-builders’ who move across different cleavages in a conflict-prone society to facilitate dialogue among competing stakeholders. It employs relevant concepts such as gatekeepers and spoilers to connect the dots between the outcomes of peacebuilding and the roles and functions that ‘mid-space local bridge-builders’ can play in a peace process. Gatekeepers hold keys to three different gateways: (1) horizontal (between contending communities), (2) vertical (between the national/top leaders and the grassroots/bottom of the society) and (3) diagonal (between local and international actors) gates. Under certain circumstances and by performing specific intermediary functions, gatekeepers can bridge horizontal, vertical and diagonal gaps, effectively turning to ‘mid-space local bridge-builders’. This chapter argues that bridge-building is done through ‘relational dialogue platforms’ on which different stakeholders meet and shape the nature of hybrid peacebuilding, and it discusses the conceptual models for such platforms.


Mid-space Gatekeepers Bridge-builders Spoilers Dialogue platforms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuji Uesugi
    • 1
  • Megumi Kagawa
    • 2
  1. 1.Professor, Faculty of International Research and EducationWaseda UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Former Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hiroshima UniversityHiroshimaJapan

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