Mediation and Liberal Peacebuilding: Peace from the Ashes of War?

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Mikael Eriksson, Roland Kostić
Routledge, Feb 15, 2013 - Political Science - 216 pages
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This book offers a state-of-the-art examination of peacemaking, looking at its theoretical assumptions, empirical applications and its consequences.

Despite the wealth of research on external interventions and practices of Western peacebuilding, many scholars tend to rely on findings in the so-called 'post-agreement' phase of interventions. As a result, most mainstream peacebuilding literature pays limited or no attention to the linkages that exist between mediation practices in the negotiation phase and processes in the post-peace agreement phase of intervention.

By linking the motives and practices of interveners during negotiation and implementation phases into a more integrated theoretical framework, this book makes a unique contribution to the on-going debate on the so-called Western ‘liberal’ models of peacebuilding. Drawing upon in-depth case-studies from various different regions of the world including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Sierra Leone, this innovative volume examines a variety of political motives behind third party interventions, thus challenging the very founding concept of mediation literature.

This book will of much interest to students of peacebuilding, statebuilding, peacemaking, war and conflict studies, security studies and IR in general.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Two ends of a tail
5
Exceptional powers broken promises and the making of Bosnia
22
Revisiting the Dayton and Rambouillet Agreements and their impact in Kosovo
40
Peacemaking and peacebuilding in Afghanistan after 911
57
The role of foreign involvement in the shaping and implementation of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement
76
6 The Ouagadougou Political Accord
92
The Casamance conflict and the challenges of internal peacemaking
118
8 An appraisal of the liberal peacebuilding exercise in Sierra Leone
133
Peace at all costs?
156
Bibliography
167
Index
188
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Mikael Eriksson is a researcher at the Swedish Defence Research Institute, Stockholm.

Roland Kostić is Assistant Professor at the Hugo Valentin Centre and Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. 

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