The Peace in Between: Post-War Violence and Peacebuilding
Book Launch Seminar with Astri Suhrke and Mats Berdal
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Monday, 24 October 2011 14:30-16:00
PRIO, Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo
Postwar peace is never easy and only rarely fully consolidated. How can we best understand why violence continues, and sometimes even increases, after the big guns have been silenced and a peace agreement signed? Explanations are commonly sought in the nature of the post-war situation, assumed to have features that encourage violence such as a weak state, criminal elements generated by the war-time economy, demobilized but not demilitarized or reintegrated ex-soldiers, impunity, and rapid liberalization. But assuming that there is one, dominant kind of post-war situation will seriously undermine peacebuilding efforts. Instead, peacebuilders need to disaggregate. At least four distinct categories can be readily identified – peace imposed by victors, challenged by losers, accepted by parties, and divided among factions.
Astri Suhrke (CMI) and Mats Berdal (King's College) discuss these ‘peaces’ and the implications for post-war reconstruction and stability in their new, edited book: The Peace In Between. Post-War Violence and Peacebuilding (London: Routledge 2011). Kristian Berg Harpviken (PRIO) will talk about his contribution to the anthology, on three distinctly different warlord biographies from Afghanistan.
Chair: Kristian Berg Harpviken
All are welcome to stay behind for refreshments and snacks after the program ends at 16:00.