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Assembling Exclusive Expertise
Knowledge, Ignorance and Conflict Resolution in the Global South

ISBN 9780815353331
Published June 26, 2018 by Routledge
242 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Assembling Exclusive Expertise. Knowledge, Ignorance and Conflict Resolution in the Global South - Anna Leander and Ole Wæver The Experts Chapter 1: Who Knows Nigeria? Reflections on Conflict Expertise and Knowledge Generation in Peacebuilding Practice - Linda 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 - Peter Vale and Vineet Thakur. The Institutions Chapter 4: Worlding Conflict Resolution and Mediation Expertise in the Global South - Pinar Bilgin. Chapter 5: Stabilizing 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. 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. The Creative Expressions Chapter 10: Art as Expertise? Creative Expression in the Syrian Conflict Resolution - Anna Leander and Donatella della Ratta.Concluding Remarks Postscript - Judith Reppy. Conclusion? - William Zartman

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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.


"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