Rethinking Peacebuilding: The Quest for Just Peace in the Middle East and the Western Balkans, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Rethinking Peacebuilding

The Quest for Just Peace in the Middle East and the Western Balkans, 1st Edition

Edited by Karin Aggestam, Annika Björkdahl


256 pages

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This book presents new theoretical and conceptual perspectives on the problematique of building just and durable peace.

Linking peace and justice has sparked lively debates about the dilemmas and trade-offs in several contemporary peace processes. Despite the fact that justice and peace are commonly referred to there is surprisingly little research and few conceptualizations of the interplay between the two.

This edited volume is the result of three years of collaborative research and draws upon insights from such disciplines as peace and conflict, international law, political science and international relations. It contains policy-relevant knowledge about effective peacebuilding strategies, as well as an in-depth analysis of the contemporary peace processes in the Middle East and the Western Balkans. Using a variety of theoretical perspectives and empirical approaches, the work makes an original contribution to the growing literature on peacebuilding.

This book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, peace and conflict studies, Middle Eastern Politics, European Politics and IR/Security Studies.


"This book will be of interest to a wide range of students, scholars and practitioners interested in better understanding the notion of ‘just peace’. The particulars of the case studies will speak most clearly to scholars and practitioners concerned with Israel-Palestine and Bosnia-Herzegovina, especially those working from within an EU context. However, the theoretical contributions made in the introduction and part 1 of the volume, and the lessons gleaned from part 2, have much broader applicability. This book is therefore important reading for anyone concerned with better understanding the relationship between peace and justice, and the changing nature of contemporary peacebuilding." - Christina Woolner, University of Hargeisa, Somliland

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Study of Just and Durable Peace, Karin Aggestam & Annika Björkdahl Part I: Just Peace in Theory 1. Linking Peace and Justice in Peacemaking, Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov 2. Seizing the Middle Ground for a Just Peace: The Politics of Recognition and Reconciliation, Karin Aggestam 3. Beyond Justice versus Peace: Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding Strategies, Johanna Herman, Olga Martin-Ortega, and Chandra Lekha Sriram 4. From Peacebuilding as Resistance to Peacebuilding as Liberation, Oliver Richmond 5. Deliberating and Localizing Just Peace, Annika Björkdahl 6. Beyond Eschatology: A Non-Teleological Approach to Security, Justice and Peace, Adrian Hyde-Price 7. Justice Post Bellum and International Law, Inger Österdahl Part II: In Search for Just Peace in Practice 8. Peace Agreements, Justice and Durable Peace, Peter Wallensteen, Erik Melander and Stina Högbladh 9. Social Justice, Restorative Justice, and EU Peacebuilding in the Arab-Islamic World, Hasan Momani and Sarah Ann Rennick 10. Towards a Just Peace? Roles and Dilemmas of EU Peacebuilding in Israel and Palestine, Anders Persson 11. Representations of Peace in the EU Peacebuilding Approach in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Stefanie Kappler 12. Transitional Justice in the Quest for a Just and Durable Peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Olga Martin-Ortega Conclusion: The Quest for Just Peace: Rethinking Peacebuilding in Theory and Practice, Karin Aggestam & Annika Björkdahl

About the Editors

Karin Aggestam is Associate Professor in Political Science and currently the director of Peace and Conflict Studies, Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden.

Annika Björkdahl is Associate Professor in Political Science, Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

The field of peace and conflict research has grown enormously as an academic pursuit in recent years, gaining credibility and relevance amongst policy makers and in the international humanitarian and NGO sector. The Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution series aims to provide an outlet for some of the most significant new work emerging from this academic community, and to establish itself as a leading platform for innovative work at the point where peace and conflict research impacts on International Relations theory and processes.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Eastern
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General