Failed Peacemaking: Counter-Peace and International Order

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This introduction outlines the book’s main argument that peace processes across the world have become systematically blocked in the post-Cold War era, indicating the emergence of proto-systemic counter-peace processes. Indeed, the dominant trend towards stagna-tion, reversal and collapse of internationally-sponsored attempts to create peace shows that peacemaking is failing. The chapter sketches the inter-national peace architecture (IPA), which the subsequent analysis shows as being entangled with counter-peace processes. Subsequently, some preliminary examples of failed peacemaking and some initial reflections on tactical blockages hint at the scale, scope and effectiveness of contem-porary counter-peace processes. The chapter concludes by introducing the structure of the book and its research questions.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages127
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameRethinking Peace and Conflict Studies (RCS)
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan
ISSN (Print)1759-3735
ISSN (Electronic)2752-857X

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