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Building/Rejecting the Liberal Peace: State Consolidation and Liberal Failure in the Middle East

Oliver P. Richmond and Jason Franks

in Liberal Peace Transitions

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638765
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652761 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638765.003.0005
Building/Rejecting the Liberal Peace: State Consolidation and Liberal Failure in the Middle East

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This chapter examines the Oslo peace process as the first attempt to introduce the liberal peace framework in the Middle East, and the later, more limited engagement with the construction of a viable peace between the Israeli state and the Palestinians. It argues that the ‘thin’ liberal peace model employed in the Middle East peace process is problematic due to its exclusive nature. It builds states for liberals, and thus excludes and indeed, often simply ignores non-liberal others. Indeed, it may also be the case that some of the obstacles to a viable framework for peace stem, not just from local political and cultural dynamics, but also from the liberal peace paradigm's engagement with the region itself.

Keywords: Oslo peace process; Middle East; Palestinians; Israeli state; cultural dynamics

Chapter.  12781 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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