In case studies focusing on contemporary crises spanning Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, the scholars in this volume examine the dominant prescriptive practices of late neoliberal post-conflict interventions -- such as statebuilding, peacebuilding, transitional justice, refugee management, reconstruction, and redevelopment -- and contend that the post-conflict environment is in fact created and sustained by this international technocratic paradigm of peacebuilding. Key international stakeholders -- from activists to politicians, humanitarian agencies to financial institutions -- characterize disparate sites as 'weak,' 'fragile,' or 'failed�' states and, as a result, prescribe peacebuilding techniques that paradoxically disable effective management of post-conflict spaces while perpetuating neoliberal political and economic conditions. Treating all efforts to represent post-conflict environments as problematic, the goal becomes understanding the underlying connection between post-conflict conditions and the actions and interventions of peacebuilding technocracies.

Edited by Daniel Bertrand Monk and Jacob Mundy

Investigation and Critique

Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Imprint: University of Michigan Press
Published: 01/2014
Pages: 248
Subject: Political Science - International Relations/General, Political Science - International Relations/Diplomacy
Print ISBN: 9780472052233
eBook ISBN: 9780472900893

DESCRIPTION

In case studies focusing on contemporary crises spanning Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, the scholars in this volume examine the dominant prescriptive practices of late neoliberal post-conflict interventions -- such as statebuilding, peacebuilding, transitional justice, refugee management, reconstruction, and redevelopment -- and contend that the post-conflict environment is in fact created and sustained by this international technocratic paradigm of peacebuilding. Key international stakeholders -- from activists to politicians, humanitarian agencies to financial institutions -- characterize disparate sites as 'weak,' 'fragile,' or 'failed�' states and, as a result, prescribe peacebuilding techniques that paradoxically disable effective management of post-conflict spaces while perpetuating neoliberal political and economic conditions. Treating all efforts to represent post-conflict environments as problematic, the goal becomes understanding the underlying connection between post-conflict conditions and the actions and interventions of peacebuilding technocracies.

REVIEWS

“This work is of a high quality and at the cutting edge of critical studies on peacebuilding.”
—Roger MacGinty, University of St. Andrews School of International Relations

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