This volume investigates the interaction of a variety of actors and institutions involved in the provision of peace, security and justice in volatile environments.
It aims to take current debates about peacebuilding and statebuilding, the formation of political community, and the foundations of security and social order in conflict-affected or fragile environments further and deeper, by drawing on field research from West Africa and Oceania, but also through theoretical critique and engagement. The key debates in peacebuilding and statebuilding relate to concepts, practices and critiques of the ‘liberal peace’. The combination, explored in this volume, of studies of people’s efforts to construct social order or secure themselves, and engagement with ideas of the ‘liberal peace’ and some of its prominent critiques – particularly ‘hybridity’ and ‘the local’ – provide a basis for deepening understanding of and insight relevant to working with questions of peace, security and justice in fragile environments. While not a comparative study, by drawing on empirical cases from geographically distinct regions, the discussion enables a focus on shared themes while respecting and exploring contextual specificity. Moreover, by presenting cases from both Africa and Oceania, the chapters counter the view of Africa as both generic and unique, or peculiarly generative of disorder and irrationality. This volume makes a fresh contribution to one of the most important debates in peace and conflict studies to date.
This book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, statebuilding, peace studies, security studies and IR.
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Charles T. Hunt is a Lecturer in International Security in the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Australia. He is editor or author of three books, including most recently Peace Operations and International Policing (Routledge 2014).
M. Anne Brown is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Australia. She is author or editor of two books.
Kwesi Aning is Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana.
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