The Liberal Peace Is Neither: Peacebuilding, State building and the Reproduction of Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo

This article discusses the attempts at state-building by international actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It uses this experience to discuss some of the obstacles and dilemmas facing external state-builders. I argue that attempts at state-building by foreign actors in the DRC have not had much success, and point out four reasons. First, insufficient resources have been provided. Second, donors have used a standardized approach that does not take local context sufficiently into account. Third, domestic power relations have been such that state-building has not served the interests of key actors. Finally, the policy has been based on a fixed, non-negotiable conception of what the state eventually should look like. Although all these factors have contributed to the failure to create a liberal state in the DRC, the last two appear to be more fundamental than the first and the second.

5 Replies to “The Liberal Peace Is Neither: Peacebuilding, State building and the Reproduction of Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo”

  1. Generally I don’t learn article on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to take a look at and do so!
    Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thanks, very great post.

  2. naturally like your web site but you have to test the spelling on several of your posts.

    A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very bothersome to tell the reality nevertheless I’ll
    certainly come again again.

  3. Great beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your website,
    how can i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me a acceptable deal.
    I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear concept

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.