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Preventing Conflict: The Role of the Bretton Woods Institutions

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Considering the full range of activities in which the Bretton Woods institutions have become engaged over the past ten years, this work explores the conflict-mitigating potential, both direct and indirect, of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank interventions (as well as the constitutional and political obstacles that hinder more salutary involvement in security-related activities). It argues that while the Bretton Woods institutions must not usurp national governments' military authority, or otherwise...
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Overview


Considering the full range of activities in which the Bretton Woods institutions have become engaged over the past ten years, this work explores the conflict-mitigating potential, both direct and indirect, of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank interventions (as well as the constitutional and political obstacles that hinder more salutary involvement in security-related activities). It argues that while the Bretton Woods institutions must not usurp national governments' military authority, or otherwise exceed their mandates, they can still use their economic tools to prevent conflict and remedy its negative consequences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199224883
  • Publisher: International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Adelphi Papers Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Stevenson, a lawyer and journalist, is a research associate at the IISS and deputy editor of Strategic Survey. He has lived in East Africa and Northern Ireland, and written on economic factors in low-intensity conflict. Mr Stevenson composed this Adelphi Paper while a research associate at the IISS in 1999-2000.

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Table of Contents

Glossary 5
Introduction 7
Ch. 1 The Security Impacts of Crisis Intervention and Structural Adjustment 15
IFI Practices and Procedures 15
The Asian Economic Crisis and Security 17
Structural Adjustment and Conflict 22
Towards Institutionalising Conflict Alleviation 28
Ch. 2 IFIs and Military Expenditures 29
IMF Policy and Practice 29
World Bank Policy and Practice 39
Complications in Assessing and Controlling Military Expenditures 41
Poverty Reduction and Military Expenditures 44
Preserving IFI Input into Military Spending 48
Ch. 3 IFIs and Peacebuilding 51
Conditionality versus Peacebuilding 52
Technical Assistance in War-Torn Societies 62
Neutralising 'Spoilers' 64
Peace through Development 66
Clarifying Peacebuilding Opportunities 68
Conclusion: Hardening Soft Power 71
App Articles of Agreement - Provisions Relevant to Alleviating Conflict 77
Notes 85
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