Security and Hybridity after Armed Conflict: The Dynamics of Security Provision in Post-Civil War States, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Security and Hybridity after Armed Conflict

The Dynamics of Security Provision in Post-Civil War States, 1st Edition

By Rens C. Willems


192 pages

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This book examines the dynamics of security provision in international interventions in post-conflict states.

It focuses on how international security interventions – such as Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) programmes, Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) – play out in the post-civil war context in which they are implemented. The underlying assumptions of such interventions are that the state is the best placed to organise violence, that the ideal state has to function as an organisation with the legitimate monopoly on the use of violence, and that the primary task of the state is the provision of security. Post-civil war contexts, however, are characterised by hybridity, in which various authority structures are overlapping, cooperating and competing. The interactions between different security actors (both state and non-state) create struggles in society about whose security interests are promoted, which actions to provide security are considered legitimate, and about who is considered a legitimate security actor. This book investigates the interactions between international actors organising and supporting security interventions and the local security dynamics created by the interactions between both state and non-state actors involved in security. It draws on extensive field research in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and South Sudan.

This book will be of much interest to students of statebuilding, peacebuilding, peace and conflict studies, security studies and IR.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Chivalric Quest 1. Books of Chivalry: Assumptions and Approaches to Interventions 2. A Disenchanting Reality: Chaos and Order 3. Policy Implementation, Politics and Ownership 4. The Dynamics of Security Interventions in Local Contexts 5. Security Interventions and the State 6. Security Interventions on the Ground: Reintegration 7. Dynamics of Security on the Ground 8. Conclusions

About the Author

Rens C. Willems is a Research Fellow at the University for Peace, The Hague, and has a PhD from Utrecht University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding

The series publishes monographs and edited collections analysing a wide range of policy interventions associated with statebuilding. It asks broader questions about the dynamics, purposes and goals of this interventionist framework and assesses the impact of externally-guided policy-making.

Advisory Board: Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Aberystwyth University; Morten Boas, NUPI; Adam Branch, San Diego State University; David Chandler, University of Westminster; Adrian Gallagher, University of Leeds; Luke Glanville, Australian National University; Shahar Hameiri, Murdoch University; John Heathershaw, University of Exeter; Eric Heinze, University of Oklahoma; Robert Murray, University of Alberta; Lee P. M. Seymour, University of Amsterdam; Timea Spitka, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights