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on 26 February 2012
This book provides an excellent insight into where current thinking is on the theory and practice of peacebuilding.
The creative cover artwork might suggest otherwise, but light bedtime reading it is not. The contributors' list is impressive (Roger MacGinty and Oliver Richmond among them). Coming, as they do, firmly from an academic background lends the book a very heavyweight cerebral approach so don't be mistaken that this is an entry-level book for the casually interested.

However, this should be a must-read for scholars, participants and interested bystanders in international relations, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Thania Paffenholz's insightful chapter on the role of civil society stood out for me as particularly accessible and persuasive. If only policymakers would pay this observation more heed: "The main problem within the liberal peacebuilding endeavour is that it takes all elements of the 'end stage' of a working liberal democracy as the model for peace and statebuilding, instead of reflecting the needs of the transition phase these countries are undergoing." If someone could sneak it in to William Hague's library, that would be grand.
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