Fragile Peace: State Failure, Violence and Development in Crisis Regions

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The contributors to this volume explore a number of regions in which internal violence and conflict stubbornly persist, and why domestic and international efforts to re-establish order, human security, democratic processes, and an economy capable of developing, are proving so difficult to achieve. Particular attention is given to three important regions - the Caucasus, Central America and the Horn of Africa.
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Overview

The contributors to this volume explore a number of regions in which internal violence and conflict stubbornly persist, and why domestic and international efforts to re-establish order, human security, democratic processes, and an economy capable of developing, are proving so difficult to achieve. Particular attention is given to three important regions - the Caucasus, Central America and the Horn of Africa.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781842771716
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 11/16/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Tobias Debiel is Research Fellow of the Development and Peace Foundation in Bonn, and author and editor of numerous publications in the field of peace and conflict research.

Axel Klein works at the Institute for African Alternatives, London.
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Table of Contents

Boxes, tables and maps
The Development and Peace Foundation
Notes on the contributors
Abbreviations
Foreword
Introduction: Do Crisis Regions Have a Chance of Lasting Peace? The Difficult Transformation from Structures of Violence 1
Pt. 1 State Failure and the Transformation of War-torn Societies 31
1 The Reconstruction and Transformation of War-Torn Societies and State Institutions: How Can External Actors Contribute? 33
2 An Independent Judiciary in Crisis Regions: Challenges for International Law in Cases of State Failure and Armed Conflicts 56
3 Decentralization, Division of Power and Crisis Prevention: A Theoretical Exploration with Reference to Africa 72
Pt. 2 Crisis Regions between Violence and Development 87
4 State-building and Solving Conflicts in the South Caucasus 89
5 Human Security, Liberal Democracy and the Power of Nationalism: The State Crisis in Georgia and Possible Solutions 110
6 The Central American Conflict System: External Players and Changing Violence 129
7 Stagnant Transformation: Democratic Transition and Military Conversion in Guatemala 146
8 The Horn of Turbulence: Political Regimes in Transition 156
9 Ethiopia: Crisis of State, Good Governance and the Reform of the Security Sector 171
Pt. 3 Regional Conflict Management in the Light of September 11 189
10 'Privatized Violence' and the Terror of September 11: Challenges to Foreign, Security and Development Policy 191
Epilogue: 'New Realism' or 'New Development': Meeting the Challenges of Identity Conflicts, Organized Crime and Transnational Terrorism 211
Index 227
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