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Assembling Exclusive Expertise

Knowledge, Ignorance and Conflict Resolution in the Global South, 1st Edition

Edited by Anna Leander, Ole Waever


228 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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This book looks at the worlding of the Global South in the process of assembling conflict resolution expertise. Anna Leander, Ole Wæver and their contributors pursue this ambition by following the experts, institutions, databases and creative expressions that are assembled into conflict resolution expertise in the Global South.

Expertise shapes how conflicts in the Global South are understood and consequently dealt with. Yet, expertise is always and necessarily exclusive. The exclusivity of expertise refers both to the fashionable, the sophisticated and what counts, and also to the exclusion of some people or views. Assembled from a wealth of competing knowledges expertise is always both knowledgeable and ignorant. The ambition of the volume is to explore how this exclusive expertise is assembled and in what ways it is therefore knowledgeable and ignorant of knowledges in/of the Global South.

This work will be of significant interest to advanced students and scholars of conflict resolution, peace research, mediation and international relations and scholars of expertise.


"In an age where science communication and policy expertise has never been more important, or more contested, Assembling Exclusive Expertise brings together a sophisticated and unique collection of studies on this vital topic. With an original and consistent framework of analysis, a wealth of theoretical and empirical insights, and an impressive list of contributors, this volume is bound to be a landmark publication. Fascinating and informative."-Richard Jackson, University of Otago, New Zealand

'This volume thoughtfully stimulates a wider and deeper engagement with the idea of conflict resolution ‘expertise’ by problematizing its anchorage in academic/scientific knowledge. Its emphasis on how local knowledges and practices become part of exclusive expertise in the context of the Global South is particularly welcome. Timely, wide-ranging in scope, Assembling Exclusive Expertise by a distinguished group of authors, is a landmark intervention in the field of conflict studies. A 'must-read' for the scholars and practitioners alike.'

Navnita Behera, University of Delhi, India

Table of Contents

Introduction - Assembling Exclusive Expertise: Knowledge, Ignorance and Conflict Resolution in the Global South - Anna Leander and Ole Wæver

Part I: The Experts

Chapter 1: Who Knows Nigeria? Reflections on Conflict Expertise and Knowledge Generation in Peacebuilding Practice - Linda S. Bishai

Chapter 2: Experts in an Adventure with Pirates: a Story of Somali Piracy Expertise - Christian Bueger

Chapter 3: From Expert to Expertise: Frederik van Zyl Slabbert’s Imaginary and Negotiations in South Africa - Vineet Thakur and Peter Vale

Part II: The Institutions

Chapter 4: Worlding Conflict Resolution and Mediation Expertise: In the 'Global South' - Pinar Bilgin

Chapter 5: Stabilising Crises: Assembling NATO Defense College Expertise about Libya and Ukraine - Trine Villumsen Berling

Chapter 6: The ‘Singapore School’ and the Contested Entreprise of Terrorism - See Seng Tan

Part II: The Databases

Chapter 7: Bodies Count: The Politics of Assembling War and Violent Death Data Expertise - Keith Krause.

Chapter 8: SanctionsApp as Expertise (and Exclusionary Ignorance) in a Global Policy Setting - Thomas Biersteker

Chapter 9: Conflict Knowledge, Big Data and the Emergence of Emergence - David Chandler

Part IV: The Creative Expressions

Chapter 10: Art as Expertise? Creative Expression in the Syrian Conflict Resolution - Anna Leander and Donatella Della Ratta

Part V: Concluding Remarks

Chapter 11: Postscript - Judith Reppy.

Chapter 12: Conclusion? - I. William Zartman

About the Editors

Anna Leander is a Professor at the Department of International Relations and Political Science, Graduate Institute Geneva; Institute of International Relations, PUC Rio de Janeiro/Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School.

Ole Wæver is a Professor at the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts, University of Copenhagen.

About the Series

Worlding Beyond the West

Historically, the International Relations (IR) discipline has established its boundaries, issues, and theories based upon Western experience and traditions of thought. This series explores the role of geocultural factors, institutions, and academic practices in creating the concepts, epistemologies, and methodologies through which IR knowledge is produced. This entails identifying alternatives for thinking about the "international" that are more in tune with local concerns and traditions outside the West. But it also implies provincializing Western IR and empirically studying the practice of producing IR knowledge at multiple sites within the so-called ‘West’.

We welcome book proposals in areas such as:

  • Critiques of Western-centric scholarship and policy-making.
  • The emergence of new theories and approaches from ‘the periphery’.
  • The challenges for the discipline at large in accommodating its post-Western phase, and the political and ethical dilemmas involved in this.
  • Concrete studies of the results of approaching issues and agendas in ‘the periphery’ with the tools offered by core thinking.
  • Work by scholars from the non-West about local, national, regional or global issues, reflecting on the importance of different perspectives and of geocultural epistemologies.
  • Studies of ‘travelling theory’ – how approaches, concepts and theories get modified, re-casted and translated in different contexts.
  • The meaning and evolution of major concepts in particular regions, such as security thinking, concepts of globalisation and power, understandings of ‘economy’ and ‘development’ or other key categories in particular regions.
  • The sociology of the discipline in different places – with a focus on a country, a region, on specific research communities/schools, subfields, or on specific institutions such as academic associations, journals, foundations or think tanks.
  • Empirical studies of epistemic practices and the conditions of knowledge production in different Western and non-Western locales and sites.
  • Studies of the interaction between different knowledge producers, such as processes of expertise or the dialogue between intellectuals, academics, bureaucrats and policy elites.

Series Editors: Arlene B. Tickner, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia, David Blaney, Macalester College, USA and Inanna Hamati-Ataya, University of Cambridge, UK

Founding Editor: Ole Wæver, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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