Beyond Settlement: Making Peace Last After Civil Conflict

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Vanessa E. Shields, Nicholas Baldwin
Associated University Presse, 2008 - Political Science - 413 pages
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This collection examines and evaluates institution building and security sector reform in conflict states. It does so through an analysis of eighteen case studies covering eleven countries, spanning five continents and six decades. Each case study is written by an expert/practitioner. Some of the conflicts covered are ongoing, others have been resolved. Still others are in a peace-building or immediate post-conflict stage. The rationale behind having such a variety of case studies is so as to be able to examine the processes of institution building and security sector reform over time and through a variety of stages in order to identify and evaluate similarities and differences, successes and failures. In all of this the role of the editors has been to see if there are identifiable similarities and elements that can be applied across civil conflicts in attempts to make peace last as nations and peoples move beyond settlement. Vanessa E. Shields is Program Manager with a Washington, DC consultancy group primarily working with USAID, Nicholas D. J. Baldwin is Dean and Director of Operations at Wroxton College.
 

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The book is a great treatise on the post-conflict peace settlements; covers the areas of reconstructing political economic and security sector institutional building. I found it remarkably significant in so for my area of research, i.e. Institutional Development in Afghanistan: A Case Study of Karzai Era, is concerned. Ali Raza Momand.  

Contents

Foreword
9
Preface
11
Acronyms
13
Introduction
21
Political Reform
41
Security Sector Reform
62
Consolidating Democratic Institutions
85
Accountability Trap
101
The Search for a Democratic Settlement
210
Securing the Peace
224
Palestine
237
A Case Study in Institution Building
254
Security Transformation
276
Spain
288
Secuirty Sector Reform from Transition to Consolidation of Democracy
303
Building Political Institutions in Postsettlement Sudan
318

Stabilization without Security Sector Reform
120
The Challenges of Institutionalizing Democracy
140
Confessionalism Institution Building and the Challenges of Securing Peace
159
Democracy Armed Insurgency and the Peace Process
173
From Armed Conflict to Arms Management
188
Politicized Insecurity in Sudan
335
Concluding Observations
356
Notes on Contributors
405
Index
411
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