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The Liberal Trap: Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan After 9/11
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.ORCID iD: 55839386700
2013 (English)In: Mediation and liberal peacebuilding: Peace from the ashes of war? / [ed] Mikael Eriksson and Roland Kostić, London: Routledge, 2013, 57-75 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

By studying the negotiation of the Bonn Agreement for Afghanistan and its implementation, this paper argues that adding a reconciliation or transitional justice agenda to external statebuilding efforts does not resolve the problem of top-down imposition and regulation. Examination of the pre-negotiation phase showed that the Afghan parties were controlled and regulated from the outset by the external actors, led by US diplomats. The external agenda was heavily driven by Western security and statebuilding concerns, but in order to uphold an image of an intervention as normatively liberal, the concepts of national reconciliation and human rights were included in the Agreement. As shown in the study of the implementation phase, these concepts became a source of tension between Western statebuilders and the Western transitional justice community. The investigation reveals that each is seeking to impose their own agenda on the elected Afghan government, and are neglecting locally driven solutions.

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London: Routledge, 2013. 57-75 p.
, Routledge studies in intervention and statebuilding
Keyword [en]
peacebuilding, Afghanistan, negotiations, transitional justice
National Category
Social Sciences Political Science
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-194364ISBN: 0-415-63835-6ISBN: 0-415-63835-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-194364DiVA: diva2:605096
Available from: 2013-02-13 Created: 2013-02-13 Last updated: 2014-06-19Bibliographically approved

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