Aid, Peacebuilding and the Resurgence of War: Buying Time in by S. Holt

By S. Holt

As one among South Asia’s oldest democracies Sri Lanka is a serious case to envision the boundaries of a liberal peace, peacebuilding and exterior engagement within the payment of civil wars. This publication is based on 9 years of study, and greater than a hundred interviews with these stricken by the warfare, NGOs, and native and foreign elites engaged within the peace process. A serious evaluation of peacebuilding and the effect of monetary restoration programmes at the peace technique in Sri LankaTimely research – coming one and a part years after the conflict led to Sri Lanka.Based on over 9 years of distinct learn and over a hundred interviewsA serious review of the liberal peace thesisAddresses hole within the literature on peacebuilding - assessing the impression of peacebuilding-type programmes at the floor and tough the frequent assumption that those actions hyperlink to peace.Includes a first-hand account of the placement in Sri Lanka throughout the ceasefire within the war-affected district of demeanour

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84 With the Western bias of the two previous approaches to peace, this area provides an opportunity to redress the imbalance somewhat. The Quaker Peace Movement, the Mennonite Conciliations Service and latterly the International Conciliation Service are major contributors to the pacifist non-violent peace discourse. The Quaker and Mennonite faiths share many of the same values and ideas,85 and have both been involved in track-two diplomacy during conflict. There are also smaller localised multi-denominational groups which have attempted to bridge sides during war, led by secular local leaders, as well as priests and holy men.

It is more than the absence of war. 93 In effect peacebuilding is conflict resolution. 94 Initially the study of conflict resolution was confined to the study of international relations, and was about symmetric power struggles between states. Following the end of the Cold War, it has been more about resolving internal struggles, often asymmetric as they are between the sovereign state with legitimately use of force, and an internal, and often weaker opposition. By increasing understanding of what creates tension in a society, which might lead to violent confrontation, steps can be taken to resolve tensions through addressing the economic, social, political and personal problems as advocated by the economists, political theorists and religious groups who promote the varied approaches to a peaceful society.

Regina Scheyvens et al. 59 As a white outsider, and aware that people might think that I was someone more powerful than I was, I made every effort to allay these perceptions. When researching at the ‘grassroots’ I travelled by scooter or motorbike, immediately differentiating me from foreign aid workers and donors, as they tend to arrive by four-wheel drive vehicle. I stayed in each village over a period of days, again something that foreign NGO workers do not tend to do. A basic command of Tamil enabled me to greet people, and introduce myself in their language and exchange pleasantries.

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