Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Peacebuilding: Towards Change in Concepts and Approaches
|Title||Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Peacebuilding: Towards Change in Concepts and Approaches|
|Subtitle / Series Title||NUPI Conference Proceedings|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||de Coning, C, Jansson, J, Lotze, W, Torjesen, S|
|Number of Pages||36 pp.|
|Publisher||Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre (Noref)|
The seminar 'Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Peacebuilding: Towards Change in Concepts and Approaches?' was hosted by the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre (Noref) from 24 to 25 March 2010 in Oslo. The seminar took place against the backdrop of the 2010 Review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) and the strategic assessments underway in many peacebuilding circles. The seminar sought to create a space among peacebuilding policy-makers, researchers and practitioners for critical reflection and dialogue. As a starting point for discussion, the seminar asked whether today's liberal peacebuilding approach might be flawed - ethically, conceptually and/or structurally.Key facets of peacebuilding were examined, including the UN peacebuilding architecture, the role of donors and the way in which moneyflows structure peacebuilding efforts. 'Liberal' in this context was take to be the emphasis on democratisation and free market policies, with the related assumptions that these measures serve to create self-sustaining, stable institutions that can promote long-term development.