UN peace operations in a multipolar order : building peace through the rule of law and bottom-up approaches
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UN peace operations need a new peacebuilding agenda that acknowledges both the transboundary nature of conflict drivers and the multipolar nature of the global order. This means casting aside the current stabilization approach, but also abandoning the pursuit of liberal peacebuilding of the unipolar era. Such a conflict transformation agenda would require UN peace operations to prioritize the rule of law and bottom-up approaches, thus creating the potential to be embraced by a much broader range of member states. In this article, we bring liberal peacebuilding critiques into a discussion with debates on the nature of the global order. Liberal peacebuilding critiques are rooted in the bottom-up problematization of international interventions and show what kind of peacebuilding is desirable. Conversely, the debates on the multipolar nature of the global order expose the top-down constraints as to what kind of peacebuilding is feasible.
Osland , K M & Peter , M 2021 , ' UN peace operations in a multipolar order : building peace through the rule of law and bottom-up approaches ' , Contemporary Security Policy , vol. 42 , no. 2 . https://doi.org/10.1080/13523260.2021.1898166
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DescriptionThis work was partially supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the UN Peace Operations Programme Grant (project number QZA-16/0426).
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