International Peacebuilding and Local Involvement: A Liberal Renaissance?

1st Edition

Dahlia Simangan

Routledge
February 14, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9780367024123 - CAT# K404719
Series: Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding

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Summary

This book interrogates the common perception that liberal peace is in crisis and explores the question: can the local turn save liberal peacebuilding?

Presenting a case for a liberal renaissance in peacebuilding, the work interrogates the assumptions behind the popular perception that liberal peace is in crisis. It re-examines three of the cases that ignited the debate – Cambodia, Kosovo, and Timor-Leste – and evaluates how these transitional administrations implemented their liberal mandates and how local involvement affected the conduct of their activities. In so doing, it reveals that these cases were neither liberal nor peacebuilding. It also demonstrates that while local involvement is imperative to peacebuilding, illiberal local involvement may prelude a return to an elite-centred status quo and reinforces or creates new forms of conflict and violence. Using both liberal and critical lenses, the author ultimately argues that the conceptual and operational departure from the holistic and comprehensive origins of liberal peacebuilding in fact paved the way for the crisis itself.

Drawing on analysis from in-depth field research and interviews, this book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, peacekeeping, statebuilding, security studies and International Relations in general.

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