At War’s End: Building Peace after Civil Conflict

How do you build peace in a society emerging from civil war? This is a question
preoccupying many statesmen and academics, not least due to the implosion of
Iraq, the continuing instability in Afghanistan, the intractability of the conflict(s)
in Sudan, and the recurrence of conflict in large parts of the developing world. The
study of post-conflict peacebuilding is thus, unsurprisingly, undergoing a period
of expansion. While peacebuilding involves everything from demobilising and
disarming armed groups to writing new constitutions and development plans, it
is not a ‘technicist’ or politically neutral project but is highly ideologically driven.

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