Military Visions of Peace

  • Gijsbert M. van Iterson ScholtenEmail author
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


This chapter introduces the visions of peace held by Dutch military officers. It argues that these military peace workers tend to think of peace as a ‘stairway’ of ever more holistic forms of peace, ranging from a minimal ‘freedom from fear’ that they seek to establish in (post-) conflict societies, to a holistic ‘peace-as-freedom’ that they defend at home. A second finding is that Dutch military officers are very relativistic about what they can achieve in (post-) conflict areas, more so than any of the other groups. Any step beyond establishing freedom from fear, including the establishment of some form of functioning state authority (statebuilding), a third concept of peace they adhere to, must be taken by local actors and in accordance with local traditions. This military attitude reflects some of the critique on the notion of liberal peace, specifically that associated with the local turn and everyday peace.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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