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The Evolution of Post-conflict Recovery

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JournalThird World Quarterly
DatePublished - Sep 2009
Issue number6
Volume30
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)1069-1086
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Recent history has been marked by the rise of post-conflict intervention as a component of military and foreign policy, as a form of humanitarianism and as a challenge to Westphalian notions of state sovereignty. The terms of debate, the history of the discipline and the evolution of scholarship and practice remain relatively under-examined, particularly in the post-9/11 period in which post-conflict recovery came to be construed as an extension of conflict and as a domain concerned principally with the national security of predominantly Western countries. The subsequent politicisation of post-conflict recovery and entry of post-conflict assistance into the political economy of conflict have fundamentally changed policy making and practice. The authors argue that research into post-conflict recovery, which must become increasingly rigorous and theoretically grounded, should detach itself from the myriad political agendas which have sought to impose themselves upon war-torn countries. The de-politicisation of post-conflict recovery, the authors conclude, may benefit from an increasingly structured 'architecture of integrated, directed recovery'.

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  • COMPLEX POLITICAL EMERGENCIES, RECONSTRUCTION, AFGHANISTAN, PEACE, MODERNIZATION, PERSPECTIVE, DILEMMAS, SECURITY, PARADIGM, RISKS

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