Peace Figuration after International Intervention: Intentions, Events and Consequences of Liberal Peacebuilding

1st Edition

Gëzim Visoka

Routledge
Published February 12, 2018
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ISBN 9781138498518 - CAT# K374870
Series: Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding

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Summary

This book examines the adverse impacts of liberal peacebuilding in conflict-affected societies.

It introduces ‘peace figuration’ as a new analytical framework for studying the intentionality, performativity, and consequences of liberal peacebuilding. The work challenges current theories and views and searches for alternative non-conflicted research avenues that are suitable for understanding how peacebuilding intentions are made, how different events shape peace outcomes, and what are the consequences of peacebuilding interventions. Drawing on detailed case studies of peacebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Timor-Leste, the book argues that attempts to build peace often fail to achieve the intended outcomes. A figurational view of peacebuilding interventions shows that post-conflict societies experience multiple episodes of success and failure in an unpredictable trajectory. This book develops a relational sociology of peacebuilding impact, which is crucial for overcoming static measurement of peacebuilding successes or failures. It shows that international interventions can shape peace but, importantly, not always in the shape they intended.

This book will be of much interest to students of statebuilding, peacebuilding, war and conflict studies, security studies and IR.

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