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The Post-Conflict Environment

Investigation and Critique

Edited by Daniel Bertrand Monk and Jacob Mundy

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


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.


“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