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Constructing the Stable State

Goals for Intervention and Peacebuilding

Constructing the Stable State by Kathleen H. Hawk
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Examines what external actors can do to help move a war-torn society in conflict toward a stable peace. The United States and the international community intervened in a number of internal conflicts throughout the 1990s, generally justifying their actions on humanitarian grounds. In most cases, the external military intervention largely halted the fighting and allowed humanitarian assistance to be distributed. However, as Hawk makes clear, simply halting the fighting has not allowed these countries to create stable governments and harmonious societies. This study is based on the premise that if external actors--foreign governments, international organizations, and private groups--can not figure out how to lay a foundation for a stable, longer-term peace, there will be decreasing support for international intervention and peacekeeping/peacebuilding missions in the future. Although external actors have undertaken many activities in the aftermath of a military intervention in an attempt to consolidate peace, sufficient attention has not been paid to (re)constructing the state as a capable, effective, and legitimate entity.
ABC-CLIO; August 2002
177 pages; ISBN 9780313012594
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Title: Constructing the Stable State
Author: Kathleen H. Hawk
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