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Conclusion: Evaluating the Achievements of the Liberal Peace and Revitalising a Virtual Peace

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/9780748638765.003.0050
Conclusion: Evaluating the Achievements of the Liberal Peace and Revitalising a Virtual Peace

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This chapter sums the findings and arguments from the case-study chapters and charts the development and achievements of liberal peace theory as a method for creating a self-sustaining peace in post-conflict states. It re-examines the liberal peace framework, identifies its strengths and weaknesses, and offers some thoughts on some possible responses to the problems. It suggests the need for modifications or alternative approaches for making peace, perhaps through greater cultural sensitivity and local ownership and with a focus on the agency, rights, needs, and welfare of the communities and individuals concerned rather than on overly securitised institutions and states. The liberal peace has shown in its statebuilding forms to have very limited capacity where the three levels of legitimacy become diluted by a wide range of problems.

Keywords: liberal peace theory; self-sustaining peace; post-conflict states; cultural sensitivity; statebuilding

Chapter.  13618 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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