This book explores the last 25 years of international peacebuilding and recasts them as a growing crisis of confidence in universal ideas of peacebuilding and self-government.
Since current peacebuilding interventions are abandoning domineering, top-down and linear methodologies, and experimenting with context-sensitive, self-reflexive and locally driven strategies, the book makes two suggestions. The first is that international policymakers are embracing some of the critiques of liberal peace. For more than a decade, scholarly critiques have pointed out the need to focus on everyday dynamics and local initiatives and resistances to liberal peace in order to enable hybrid and long-term practice-based strategies of peacebuilding. Now, the distance between the policy discourse and critical frameworks has narrowed. The second suggestion is that in stepping away from liberal peace, a transvaluation of peacebuilding values is occurring. Critiques are beginning to accept and valorise that international interventions will continuously fail to produce sensitive results. The earlier frustrations with unexpected setbacks, errors or contingencies are ebbing away. Instead, critiques normalise the failure to promote stability and peace.
This book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, international intervention, conflict resolution, international organisations and security studies in general.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Liberal Peace Disillusionment: Institutions to Bridge a Divided World 1) Introduction: Liberal Peace Last Agony 2) The Disillusionment with Democratisation 3) The Shifting Governance of Post-Conflict Kosovo Part 2: From Agony to Love: Vorarephilia at the End of Liberal Peace 4) Local Ownership and Deferral 5) Resilience and Deferral 6) Connolly, Critiques and Vorarephilia 7) Conclusion: Uncanny Optimism at the End of the Liberal Peace
Pol Bargués-Pedreny is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. His work explores debates on international intervention and critique in International Relations.