This edited book sets out and engages with some of the key policies, practices and paradigms of external intervention in the case of state support and reconstruction.
Many assumptions about statebuilding have been reconsidered in the wake of Iraq, and ongoing problems in other states such as Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo. Rather than being a regional survey or a policy-orientated ‘lessons learned’ book, this collection explores the broader framing of policy goals, statebuilding practices and the consensus on the need for Western states and international institutions to be engaged in this policy area. The volume is divided into three parts: the first engages with some of the key policy frameworks and conceptual issues raised by recent statebuilding interventions; the second considers core statebuilding practices; and the third reconsiders statebuilding paradigms more broadly. The essays open up debate and critical discussion in the field at a time when many advocates of extending statebuilding intervention suggest that the complex nature of the problems of non-Western states and societies mean that it will inevitably be contradictory and limited in its results.
Part 1: Policy Frameworks
2. Ownership in Theory and Practice: Transfer of Authority in UN Statebuilding Operations
3. Do the Root Causes of Civil War Matter? On Using Knowledge to Improve Peacebuilding Interventions
Susan L. Woodward
4. The Myth of the Failed State and the War on Terror: A Challenge to the Conventional Wisdom
Part 2: Practices of Statebuilding
5. Reconstruction: an Agenda
6. State-Building and Force: The Proper Role of Foreign Militaries
7. Police Restructuring in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Problems of Security Sector Reform
Part 3: Paradigms
8. Hybrid Polities and Indigenous Pluralities: Advanced Lessons in Statebuilding from Cambodia
9. Debt, Development and Intervention in Africa: The Contours of a Sovereign Frontier
10. The Tragedy of Liberal Diplomacy