The international architecture of peacebuilding

Authored by: Edward Newman

Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding

Print publication date:  January  2013
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415690195
eBook ISBN: 9780203068175
Adobe ISBN: 9781135082130


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International peacebuilding in conflict-prone and post-conflict societies — aimed at preventing the resumption of armed conflict and promoting the consolidation of peace — has developed rapidly in recent years in terms of the scope and types of activities conducted, and the number of operations deployed. It is widely accepted that preventing the resumption of violent conflict and establishing a durable and self-sustaining peace requires a range of activities which engage with social, political and economic sectors as well as shoring up stability and security. In line with the multifaceted nature of peacebuilding the number and variety of international actors involved in these missions has increased significantly, and so has debate regarding the role of these actors and the fundamental nature of peacebuilding. However, it is far from certain whether the different actors operate in a coordinated, complementary manner around a coherent vision of what peacebuilding should involve and what it should seek to achieve.

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