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Stabilization as the New Normal in International Interventions

Low Expectations?, 1st Edition

Edited by Roberto Belloni, Francesco N. Moro


128 pages

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Hardback: 9780367856571
pub: 2020-01-29
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Stabilization as the New Normal in International Interventions provides the first comprehensive analysis of stabilization, which constitutes the new reference point for international intervention in unruly parts of the Global South.

The notion of ‘stabilization’ and the practice of ‘stability operations’ experienced a revival over the last decade. The United Nations, the European Union, NATO, as well as most member states of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development have embraced these terms in their foreign policy bureaucracies. The general disillusionment with the achievements of large-scale peacebuilding operations in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the failures of the so-called Arab Springs, contributed to the success of this new discourse. Yet, while widely mentioned and endorsed, stabilization is rarely defined. This volume identifies common elements to stabilization doctrines and examines how they are applied in practice. It dissects how stabilization emerged and unfolds, how different actors adopt it and for what purposes, and how it is linked to the broader security and development discourses.

Stabilization as the New Normal in International Interventions will be of great interest to scholars of Peacebuilding, International Intervention and International Relations more generally. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of Ethnopolitics.

Table of Contents

1. Stability and Stability Operations: Definitions, Drivers, Approaches

Roberto Belloni and Francesco N. Moro

2. Political Transitions and Macro-level Foundations of Political Stability

Stefano Costalli and Francesco N. Moro

3. Stabilization and Local Conflicts: Communal and Civil War in South Sudan

Jana Krause

4. United Nations Stabilization Operations: Chapter Seven and a Half

John Karlsrud

5. From Liberal Statebuilding to Counterinsurgency and Stabilization: The International Intervention in Iraq

Roberto Belloni and Irene Costantini

6. NATO’s Landscape of the Mind: Stabilisation and Statebuilding in Afghanistan

Mats Berdal

7. (B)ordering Hybrid Security? EU Stabilisation Practices in the Sahara-Sahel Region

Luca Raineri and Francesco Strazzari

About the Editors

Roberto Belloni is Professor of International Relations at the University of Trento, Italy. His recent publications include The Rise and Fall of Peacebuilding in the Balkans (2020).

Francesco N. Moro is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna, Italy. His research has been published, among else, in the Journal of Peace Research, Terrorism and Political Violence and Journal of Conflict Resolution.

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The books in this series focus on the dynamics and interactions of significant minority and majority nationalisms in the context of globalisation and their social, political and economic causes and consequences. Each book is focused on an important topic drawn from the rigorously peer-reviewed articles published in Nationalities Papers and Ethnopolitics, and includes authoritative theoretical reflection and empirical analysis by some of the most widely recognized experts in the world.

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