The complex problems of peace, security, and development in societies affected by conflict increasingly demand innovative ideas, and comprehensive strategies to tackle the diverse, simultaneous, and daunting challenges faced in trying to rebuild states and communities after war. This comprehensive collection sets out a ‘Whole-of-Society’ (WoS) approach which focuses on the social contexts within which conflict resolution and prevention take place. The aim of WoS is to grasp the complexity both within local society and in the relations between external peacebuilders and the people they set out to help. The book argues that, by understanding multiple actors, their relationships, and the conditions in which they operate, complexity becomes an opportunity to be grasped, not simply an impediment to building peace.
This volume offers a novel perspective to advance and enrich debates on ownership of peace processes, resilience, hybridity, and liberal peacebuilding, and how these are influenced by local agency and social dynamics. Drawing on examples of conflicts in Ukraine, Mali, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Kosovo, and Georgia, the authors seek to address the operational gaps between interventions designed by outsiders, and outcomes on the ground, suggesting how policymakers and civil society activists can achieve better configurations of external and local resources, delegate initiatives, and empower conflicted societies.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Peacebuilding. Chapter 6 is available Open Access at https://www.routledge.com/products/9780367236885.
1. Mind the gaps. A Whole-of-Society approach to peacebuilding and conflict prevention
Mary Martin, Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic and Linda Benraïs
2. From policy to action: assessing the European Union’s approach to inclusive mediation and dialogue support in Georgia and Yemen
Véronique Dudouet, Alia Eshaq, Ekaterine Basilaia and Nana Macharashvili
3. Decentralising power: building inclusive peace? The European Union’s support to governance reform in Eastern Ukraine
4. Wholly local? ownership as philosophy and practice in peacebuilding interventions
Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic and Mary Martin
5. Bracing the wind and riding the norm life cycle: inclusive peacebuilding in the European capacity building mission in Sahel–Mali (EUCAP Sahel–Mali)
6. Coordinating international interventions in complex settings. An analysis of the EU peace and state-building efforts in post-independence Kosovo
Chris van der Borgh, Puck le Roy and Floor Zweerink
7. Manoeuvring wars, rebels and governments: the EU’s experience in Sri Lanka
Georg Frerks and Toon Dirkx