Reconciliation

Authored by: Emma Hutchison , Roland Bleiker

Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding

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

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

10.4324/9780203068175.ch6

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Abstract

Peacebuilding and reconciliation are intrinsically linked. The former refers to the broad process of establishing order and stability after conflict. The latter deals more specifically with the deep societal wounds that inevitably open up after war and other traumatic events. Antagonisms are often so entrenched and societies so divided that initial peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions can, at best, stop the conflict and start the reconstruction process. Add to this that prevailing approaches often focus on immanent tasks: providing security, building institutions, safeguarding the rule of law and implementing democratization (Cousens and Kumar 2001; Mac Ginty and Richmond 2009; Pugh 2000; Richmond 2008; Richmond 2011; Richmond and Franks 2009).

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