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
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
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’.
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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