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Kostić, Roland, Associate Professor
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Bliesemann de Guevara, B., Budny, P. & Kostić, R. (2023). The global-capitalist elephant in the room: how resilient peacebuilding hinders substantive transformation and undermines long-term peace prospects. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 62, Article ID 101291.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The global-capitalist elephant in the room: how resilient peacebuilding hinders substantive transformation and undermines long-term peace prospects
2023 (English)In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, ISSN 1877-3435, E-ISSN 1877-3443, Vol. 62, article id 101291Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article reviews critical responses to recent academic debates on resilience and peacebuilding, with a focus on approaches that question the underlying logics of resilient peacebuilding in fundamental ways. It argues that, while resilience in peacebuilding lends agency and new policy direction to peacebuilding actors, enabling them to uphold the image of active global governance, this also helps to legitimize the existence and reproduction of dominant global-capitalist structures and practices that undermine long-term peacebuilding and give rise to risks of conflict and environmental disasters in the first place. We argue that this process hinders transformation away from an infinite growth economy by focusing on imminent systemic risks and solutions while ignoring potential normative–theoretical and practical–experiential alternatives to the global-capitalist frameworks at the heart of the problem.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2023
Keywords
peacebuilding, resiliance, capitalism, environment
National Category
Globalisation Studies
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-501287 (URN)10.1016/j.cosust.2023.101291 (DOI)000992484800001 ()
Available from: 2023-05-04 Created: 2023-05-04 Last updated: 2023-06-15Bibliographically approved
Kostić, R. (Ed.). (2022). Multiethnica Volume 42 (42ed.). Uppsala University: The Hugo Valentin Centre
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Multiethnica Volume 42
2022 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala University: The Hugo Valentin Centre, 2022. p. 81 Edition: 42
Series
Multiethnica: journal of the Hugo Valentin Centre, ISSN 0284-396X, E-ISSN 2002-3413
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-505736 (URN)10.33063/diva-505736 (DOI)
Note

https://doi.org/10.33063/diva-505736

Available from: 2023-06-21 Created: 2023-06-21 Last updated: 2023-06-22Bibliographically approved
Kostić, R. & Dulić, T. (2020). Collective Memory in Transition: Bridging the Divide Between the Humanities and Social Science (1ed.). In: Tomislav Dulić (Ed.), Memories in Conflict: Historical Trauma, Collective Memory and Justice Since 1989 (pp. 13-34). Uppsala: Opuscual Historica Upsaliensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Collective Memory in Transition: Bridging the Divide Between the Humanities and Social Science
2020 (English)In: Memories in Conflict: Historical Trauma, Collective Memory and Justice Since 1989 / [ed] Tomislav Dulić, Uppsala: Opuscual Historica Upsaliensis , 2020, 1, p. 13-34Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Opuscual Historica Upsaliensis, 2020 Edition: 1
Keywords
collective memory, historical trauma, political change, mass violence, transitional justice
National Category
History
Research subject
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-430208 (URN)978-91-984509-4-1 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2021-01-08 Created: 2021-01-08 Last updated: 2021-10-21Bibliographically approved
Kostić, R. (2020). Shifting Identities, Policy Networks, and the Practical and Ethical Challenges of Gaining Access to the Field in Interventions (1sted.). In: Berit Bliesemann de Guevara & Morten Bøås (Ed.), Doing Fieldwork in Areas of International Intervention: A Guide to Research in Violent and Closed Context (pp. 23-36). Bristol: Bristol University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Shifting Identities, Policy Networks, and the Practical and Ethical Challenges of Gaining Access to the Field in Interventions
2020 (English)In: Doing Fieldwork in Areas of International Intervention: A Guide to Research in Violent and Closed Context / [ed] Berit Bliesemann de Guevara & Morten Bøås, Bristol: Bristol University Press , 2020, 1st, p. 23-36Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Bristol University Press, 2020 Edition: 1st
Series
Spaces of Peace, Security and Development ; 1
Keywords
fieldwork, networks, access, policy, peacebuilding, knowledge production
National Category
Globalisation Studies
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-430141 (URN)978-1-5292-0688-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-01-07 Created: 2021-01-07 Last updated: 2021-09-23Bibliographically approved
Kostić, R. & Bliesemman de Guevara, B. (2019). Knowledge, expertise and the politics of intervention and statebuilding. In: Nicolas Lemay-Hébert (Ed.), Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding: (pp. 19-29). Cheltenham and Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing
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2019 (English)In: Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding / [ed] Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, Cheltenham and Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019, p. 19-29Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham and Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
Keywords
intervention, knowledge, expertise, epistemic practices
National Category
Globalisation Studies
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-430228 (URN)10.4337/9781788116237 (DOI)2-s2.0-85087914664 (Scopus ID)9781788116220 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-01-08 Created: 2021-01-08 Last updated: 2022-12-06Bibliographically approved
Kostić, R. (2019). The distinction of peace: a social analysis of peacebuilding [Review]. Peacebuilding, 7(1), 123-125
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The distinction of peace: a social analysis of peacebuilding
2019 (English)In: Peacebuilding, ISSN 2164-7259, E-ISSN 2164-7267, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 123-125Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2019
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-389932 (URN)10.1080/21647259.2018.1449189 (DOI)000470300800011 ()
Available from: 2019-08-01 Created: 2019-08-01 Last updated: 2019-08-01Bibliographically approved
Kostić, R. (2017). Försoning i Bosnien-Hercegovina (2ed.). In: Karin Aggestam , Kristine Höglund (Ed.), Om krig och fred: en introduktion till freds- och konfliktstudier (pp. 353-367). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Försoning i Bosnien-Hercegovina
2017 (Swedish)In: Om krig och fred: en introduktion till freds- och konfliktstudier / [ed] Karin Aggestam , Kristine Höglund, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017, 2, p. 353-367Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2017 Edition: 2
Keywords
ICTY, Bosnia and Herzegovina, reconciliation, trauma, war, peacebuilding, tribunals, ICTY, Bosnien och Herzegovina, försoning, trauma, krig, fredsbyggande, tribunaler
National Category
Globalisation Studies
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337878 (URN)9789144115740 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-05 Created: 2018-01-05 Last updated: 2018-01-18Bibliographically approved
Bliesemann De Guevara, B. & Kostić, R. (Eds.). (2017). Knowledge and Expertise in International Interventions: The Politics of Facts, Truth and Authenticity (1ed.). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Knowledge and Expertise in International Interventions: The Politics of Facts, Truth and Authenticity
2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Knowledge about violent conflict and international intervention is political. It involves power struggles over the objects of knowing (problematization/silencing), how they are known (epistemic practices), and what interpretations are taken into account in policymaking and implementation. This book unearths the politics, power and performances involved in the social construction of seemingly neutral concepts such as facts, truth and authenticity in knowing about violent conflict and international intervention. Contributors foreground problems of physical and social access to information, explore practices generating knowledge actors' authority and legitimacy, and analyse struggles over competing policy narratives. A first set of chapters focuses on the social construction of facts, truth and authenticity through studies of militia research in the DR Congo, politicians' on-site visits in intervention theatres in the Balkans and Afghanistan, and the epistemic practices of Human Rights Watch and comics journalism. A second set of contributions analyses the strategic side of knowledge through case studies of diplomatic counterinsurgency in Bosnia and Herzegovina, African governments' active role in the `bunkerization' of international aid workers, and authoritarian peacebuilding as a challenge to the liberal power/knowledge regime in world politics. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2017. p. 146 Edition: 1
Keywords
Expertise, Knowledge, Facts, Truth, Authenticity, Performances, Networks, Interventions
National Category
Globalisation Studies
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337876 (URN)9780815374794 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-05 Created: 2018-01-05 Last updated: 2018-02-28Bibliographically approved
de Guevara, B. B. & Kostić, R. (2017). Knowledge production in/about conflict and intervention:: finding 'facts', telling 'truth'. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 11(1), 1-20
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Knowledge production in/about conflict and intervention:: finding 'facts', telling 'truth'
2017 (English)In: Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, ISSN 1750-2977, E-ISSN 1750-2985, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 1-20Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article has a twofold aim. First, it discusses the contributions to the scholarly field of conflict knowledge and expertise in this special issue on Knowledge production in/about conflict and intervention: finding 'facts', telling 'truth'. Second, it suggests an alternative reading of the issue's contributions. Starting from the assumption that prevalent ways of knowing are always influenced by wider material and ideological structures at specific times, the article traces the influence of contemporary neoliberalism on general knowledge production structures in Western societies, and more specifically in Western academia, before re-reading the special issue's contributions through this prism. The main argument is that neoliberalism leaves limited space for independent critical knowledge, thereby negatively affecting what can be known about conflict and intervention. The article concludes with some tasks for reflexive scholarship in neoliberal times.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2017
Keywords
Expertise, neoliberalism, data access, information, authority, legitimacy, narratives, policy, academia
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-328280 (URN)10.1080/17502977.2017.1287635 (DOI)000403181400001 ()
Available from: 2017-09-07 Created: 2017-09-07 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Kostić, R. (2017). Shadow peacebuilders and diplomatic counterinsurgencies:: informal networks, knowledge production and the art of policy-shaping. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 11(1), 120-139
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Shadow peacebuilders and diplomatic counterinsurgencies:: informal networks, knowledge production and the art of policy-shaping
2017 (English)In: Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, ISSN 1750-2977, E-ISSN 1750-2985, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 120-139Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the role of informal networks in producing strategic knowledge and influencing policy responses to the 2011 post-election crisis in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The analytical focus is on networks of shadow peacebuilders, defined as actors who are often not visible to the public and who promote a mix of altruistic and personal interests of their broader network by generating strategic narratives and influencing peacebuilding policy. As this article shows, shadow peacebuilders engage in diplomatic counterinsurgencies waged by means of diplomacy, politics, public relations and legal means. Strategic narratives are instrumental in legitimizing diplomatic counterinsurgency, inducing internal cohesion within the network and delegitimizing alternative narratives and policy solutions. Yet the production of strategic knowledge by shadow peacebuilders has its limitations. When the gap between strategic narrative and actions becomes too big, the network risks fragmentation and defeat by other networks that promote alternative strategic narratives and paths of action in the battle over control of peacebuilding policy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2017
Keywords
shadow peacebuilders, diplomatic counterinsurgencies, networks, strategic narrative, Office of the High Representative, International Crisis Group, Bosnia-Herzegovina
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-328281 (URN)10.1080/17502977.2016.1272905 (DOI)000403181400007 ()
Available from: 2017-09-07 Created: 2017-09-07 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Projects
Forced Expulsion of Civilians in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo; Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict ResearchDiasporas and Their Involvement in Peace Processes; Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research; Publications
Hall, J. & Swain, A. (2007). Catapulting Conflicts or Propelling Peace? Diasporas and Civil Wars. In: Globalization and Challenges to Building Peace: . Swain, A., Amer, R. & Öjendal, J. (2007). Globalization and Challenges to Building Peace. Anthem Press, London, New York & DelhiKostic, R. (2003). Strategies of livelihood in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina: A study of the economic predicament of returning home. Mimeo, Gothenburg University
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