The Dilemmas of Statebuilding: Confronting the contradictions of postwar peace operations

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Roland Paris, Timothy D. Sisk
Taylor & Francis, Dec 19, 2008 - Political Science - 362 pages
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This book explores the contradictions that emerge in international statebuilding efforts in war-torn societies.

Since the end of the Cold War, more than 20 major peace operations have been deployed to countries emerging from internal conflicts. This book argues that international efforts to construct effective, legitimate governmental structures in these countries are necessary but fraught with contradictions and vexing dilemmas.. Drawing on the latest scholarly research on postwar peace operations, the volume:

  • addresses cutting-edge issues of statebuilding including coordination, local ownership, security, elections, constitution making, and delivery of development aid
  • features contributions by leading and up-and-coming scholars
  • provides empirical case studies including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Croatia, Kosovo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and others
  • presents policy-relevant findings of use to students and policymakers alike

The Dilemmas of Statebuilding will be vital reading for students and scholars of international relations and political science. Bringing new insights to security studies, international development, and peace and conflict research, it will also interest a range of policy makers.

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About the author (2008)

Roland Paris is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. His is author of At Warís End: Building Peace After Civil Conflict which won the Grawewmeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order and the International Studies Associationís Chadwick Alger Award for best book on international organization.

Timothy D. Sisk is Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace, a research and policy development institute. He also serves as an Associate Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland.

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