Post-Conflict Tajikistan: The Politics of Peacebuilding and the Emergence of Legitimate Order

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Routledge, 07/05/2009 - 240 páginas

Post-Soviet, post-conflict Tajikistan is an under-studied and poorly understood case in conflict studies literature. Since 2000, this Central Asian state has seen major political violence end, countrywide order emerge and the peace agreement between the parties of the 1990s civil war hold. Superficially, Tajikistan appears to be a case of successful international intervention for liberal peacebuilding, yet the Tajik peace is characterised by authoritarian governance.

Via discourse analysis and extensive fieldwork, including participant-observation with international organizations, the author examines how peacebuilding is understood and practised. The book challenges received wisdom that peacebuilding is a process of democratisation or institutionalisation, showing how interventions have inadvertently served to facilitate an increasingly authoritarian peace and fostered popular accommodation and avoidance strategies. Chapters investigate assistance to political parties and elections, the security sector and community development, and illustrate how transformative aims are thwarted whilst ‘success’ is simulated for an audience of international donors. At the same time the book charts the emergence of a legitimate order with properties of authority, sovereignty and livelihoods.

Providing a challenge to the theoretical literature on peacebuilding and concentrating on an under-studied Central Asian state, this book will be of interest to academics working on Peace Studies, International Relations and Central Asian Studies.

 

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Índice

1 Introduction
1
2 War and peace in postSoviet Central Asia
19
3 International peacebuilding in Tajikistan
41
4 Elite and subordinate discourses of peace
60
5 Democracy and authority
87
6 Security and sovereignty
117
7 Development and livelihoods
144
8 Conclusions
172
Appendix
180
Glossary
181
Notes
183
Bibliography
194
Index
216
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John Heathershaw is lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter, UK. His research interests lie in three broad areas: theories and practices of post-conflict peacebuilding; new and critical directions in international relations theory; and the study of the Former Soviet Union.

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