The Paradoxes of Peacebuilding Post-9/11
408 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:15 Feb 2009
Release Date:23 Apr 2008
Release Date:01 Apr 2008
Release Date:01 Feb 2009

The Paradoxes of Peacebuilding Post-9/11

Edited by Stephen Baranyi
UBC Press

What kind of peace is possible in the post-9/11 world? Is sustainable peace an illusion in a world where foreign military interventions are replacing peace negotiations as starting points for postwar reconstruction? What would it take to achieve durable peace in contexts as different as Afghanistan, Mozambique, and Sri Lanka?

This book presents six provocative case studies authored by respected peacebuilding practitioners in their own societies. The studies address two cases of relative success (Guatemala and Mozambique), three cases of renewed but deeply fraught efforts (Afghanistan, Haiti, and the Palestinian Territories), and the case of Sri Lanka, where peacebuilding was aborted but where the outlines of a new peace process can be discerned. The book also includes original analyses of demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration processes in three different contexts, written by teams of Northern and Southern analysts.

The Paradoxes of Peacebuilding Post-9/11 bridges the gap between minimalist and maximalist approaches to peacebuilding, and gives voice to Southern researchers in Northern-dominated debates. It will interest practitioners and students of peace, security, and development studies, as well as policymakers at many levels of government.

The Paradoxes of Peacebuilding will interest practitioners and students of peace, security, and development studies, as well as policymakers at many levels of government.

Stephen Baranyi is an associate professor of international development & global studies at the University of Ottawa.

Contributors: Wenche Hauge, Carolina Hunguana, Hérard Jadotte, Gabriel Aguilera Peralta, Yves-François Pierre, Kristiana Powell, Pamela Scholey, Khalil Shikaki, Eduardo J. Sitoe, Arne Strand, Jane Murphy Thomas, Beate Thoresen, Jayadeva Uyangoda, and Omar Zakhilwal.


1 Introduction: What kind of peace is possible in the post-9/11 era? / Stephen Baranyi

2 Peace in Guatemala: Settling for what seems possible of aiming for what is desirable / Gabriel Aguilera Peralta

3 Decentralization and sustainable peacebuilding in Mozambique: Bringing the elements together again / Eduardo J. Sitoe and Carolina Hunguana

4 Local governance and sustainable peace: the Haitian case / Hérard Jadotte and Yves-François Pierre

5 Palestine 1993-2006: Failed peacebuilding, insecurity and poor governance / Khalil Shikaki

6 Afghanistan: What kind of peace? The role of rural development in peacebuilding / Omar Zakhilwal and Jane Murphy Thomas

7 Transition from Civil War to Peace: Challenges for Peace-building in Sri Lanka / Jayadeva Uyangoda

8 The fate of former combatants in Guatemala: Spoilers or agents for change? / Wenche Hauge and Beate Thoresen

9 Fighting for peace? Former combatants and the Afghan peace process / Arne Strand

10 Considering the international DDR experience and spoiling: Lessons for Palestine / Pamela Scholey and Khalil Shikaki

11 Conclusions / Stephen Baranyi and Kristiana Powell



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