Diplomats: Peace as Governance

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


This chapter shows that when Dutch diplomats talk about peace, they talk about governance. Out of all the groups described in this book, they are the only ones working directly on the institutional embedding of peace, or peace-as-governance. The argument is made that this is still not a liberal peace, mostly because diplomats stress that peace is always a rather limited goal that should be distinguished from work on development or human rights. For some, this goal can also be the signing, or upholding, of a peace agreement, in line with work on peacemaking rather than peacebuilding. More personal visions of peace do not play any role in their work, diplomats all stress that peace is a political objective. This clashes with the non-Western consensus observed in Chap.  3


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  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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