The Quest for Viable Peace: International Intervention and Strategies for Conflict Transformation

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“The Quest for Viable Peace develops a simple and essential idea—that security is necessary for peace to become viable and that peace must pay for it to endure. The authors have much to share on how to plan intervention operations effectively; indeed, this volume will serve as a manual for establishing priorities in such operations. It should be read not only by planners and practitioners but also by U.S. policymakers who remain unconvinced that the effort is worthwhile and/or unaware of the steps to take in devising such operations.” —Mark Baskin Senior Associate, Center for International Development, SUNY “The Quest for Viable Peace is a first-rate contribution to the literature on this vitally important topic. Thoroughly researched, it deserves to be widely read, discussed, and, indeed, acted upon.” —Mats Berdal Professor of Security and Development, Department of War Studies, King’s College London “Taking international operations in Kosovo as its starting point, The Quest for Viable Peace broadens our understanding of the nationbuilding process as a whole and provides valuable guidelines for the conduct of future such missions. Campaign analyses of this sort, which look equally at the military and civil elements of an operation through its entire length, are essential building blocks in the development of a much-needed national and international doctrine for the conduct of such missions. Jock Covey, Mike Dziedzic, Len Hawley, and their coauthors move us closer to that goal, illuminating both the recent past and the near future as they do so.” —James Dobbins Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation “Success in any stability operation depends on weaving the various civilian and military lines of effort together like strands of a rope. The campaign plan needs to ensure that all dimensions are brought into play: not only security but also the political, economic, and humanitarian aspects. Peace support operations are a test of patience, understanding, and endurance; perhaps the most difficult task is to establish the rule of law where none previously existed. The Quest for Viable Peace captures all of this vividly and comprehensively, not least in its use of the hard-won lessons acquired by the British Army in Northern Ireland. I commend it to all those, civilians and soldiers alike, who have an interest in peace support operations.” —General Sir Michael Jackson Chief of the General Staff, British Army “Presenting an excellent set of essential strategies for building durable peace by means of intervention, this volume is a prodigious, extremely high-quality, valuable work. It should occupy a prominent position in the literature of peace operations.” —Robert B. Oakley U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) International intervention in failing states that threaten peace and security does not by itself make the world safer. Too often, when intervening forces are unable to change the circumstances that breed violence, the intervention stalls and old animosities reignite. If international intervention is to be effective, its first task must be the attainment of viable peace. As the editors of this groundbreaking volume explain, viable peace is achieved when the capacity of domestic institutions to resolve disputes peacefully overtakes the powerful motives and means for continued violent conflict. Getting to this point quickly demands the careful design and coordinated implementation of four mutually reinforcing strategies to moderate political conflict, defeat militant extremism, inculcate the rule of law, and establish a political economy that reduces rather than ignites conflict. Drawing on their firsthand experience of Kosovo, the contributors—all seasoned practitioners and policymakers—identify the concrete challenges that must be confronted and lay out the practical steps that must be taken to transform a society habituated to violent conflict in

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Jock Covey was the principal deputy special representative of the UN secretary-general for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and senior deputy high representative in Bosnia. Michael Dziedzic was the strategic planner for UNMIK and principal drafter of its “Standards for Kosovo.” Leonard Hawley was U.S. deputy assistant secretary for state from 1999 to 2001 and was heavily involved in the political-military planning for the intervention in Kosovo.

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With his co-editors, Covey and Hawley, Dziedzic provides a thorough, authoritative, and focused analysis of how these issues were addressed in the Kosovo operation. The practical experience of the editors and their contributors shines through in an analysis that covers advance planning, dealing with continuing conflict, and defeating extremism, as well as promoting the rule of law and developing a viable political economy. (Lawrence D. Freedman, Foreign Affairs)

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