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Failed Statebuilding: Intervention, the State, and the Dynamics of Peace Formation

Oliver Richmond


Western struggles — and failures — to create functioning states in countries such as Iraq or Afghanistan have inspired questions about whether statebuilding projects are at all viable, or whether they make the lives of their intended beneficiaries better or worse. This book asks why statebuilding has been so hard to achieve, and argues that a large part of the problem has been Westerners' failure to understand or engage with what local people actually want and need. It interrogates the liberal peacebuilding industry, asking what it assumes, what it is getting wrong, and how it could be more ef ... More

Keywords: Iraq, Afghanistan, statebuilding, local people, peacebuilding industry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300175318
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300175318.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oliver Richmond, author
University of Manchester