Critical thinking has prospered in the interdisciplinary study of peacebuilding over the last decade or so, despite (and perhaps because of) the certainties and systems offered by the comfortable, liberal-realist mainstream praxis. As the liberal state system, and the assumptions of the 'international community' and its capacity to control and govern appears now to have begun to unravel, so too the vibrancy of the debate in these areas has gathered pace. Critical agendas for peacebuilding offer an analysis of the deep complexity of rights and needs, and at one end of the scale a certainty in basic human sameness and goodness, while at the other, a more pluralist interest in difference and hybridity. They debate how sensitized and how 'local' such processes may be and ultimately, they seek to reduce the programmatic reliance on hard security, basic rights, dominant a priori institutions, markets, territoriality, and cultural normative systems.
OLIVER RICHMOND is a Professor in the School of IR, University of St. Andrews, UK, and Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. His work on Peace is widely published. He is one of the editors of the Review of International Studies, and editor of the Palgrave book series, Rethinking Conflict Studies.
A Genealogy of Peace and Conflict Theory; O.RichmondPART I: CRITICAL AGENDAS: THEORIES, CONCEPTS, AND METHODSWar, Government, Politics: A Critical Response to the Hegemony of the Liberal Peace; V.JabriReconstruction: The Missing Historical Link; A.WilliamsMethod: Theory and Ethnography in Peace and Conflict Studies; J.VictorovaChallenging Statebuilding as Peacebuilding: Working with Hybrid Political Orders to Build Peace; V.Beoge, A.Brown, K.Clements& A.NolanHuman Security and the Legitimization of Peacebuilding; S.TadjbakhshGender and Peacebuilding; T.VarynenLiberal Peace, Liberal Imperialism: A Gramscian Critique; I.TaylorThe Ideology of Peace: Peacebuilding and the War in Iraq; M.V.RasmussenPART II: KEY AGENDAS: INSTITUTIONS, ISSUES AND THEMESThe Institutionalization of Peacebuilding: What Role for the UN Peacebuilding Commission?; A.BellamyDemocratization and Development: A Difficult Relationship; D.KotseNGO Dilemmas in Peacebuilding; H.CareyWelfare in War-Torn Societies: Nemesis of the Liberal Peace?; M.PughResolving Conflicts and Pursuing Accountability: Beyond 'Justice vs. Peace'; C.SriramReconciliation (Reflections from Northern Ireland and South Africa); J.DarbyTraining Goldfish (in a Desert): Transforming Political Economies of Conflict Using Voluntarism, Regulation and Supervision; N.CooperPART III: DEVELOPING AGENDASCulture: Challenges and Possibilities; M.BriggGilding the Lily? International Support for Indigenous and Traditional Peacebuilding; R.MacGintyKindered Peacebuilding: Liberalism and Beyond; A.WatsonArt and Peacebuilding: How Theatre Transforms Conflict in Sri Lanka; N.Premaratna& R.BleikerPeacebuilding and Environmental Challenges; F.RotbergThe State vs. the Terrorists vs. the People vs. the State and the Terrorists: Peace and Conflict in the Basque Country; I.Tellidis