Sandra Pogodda, Oliver P. Richmond, Gëzim Visoka

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This introduction outlines the book’s main argument that peace processes across the world have become systematically blocked in the post-Cold War era, indicating the emergence of proto-systemic counter-peace processes. Indeed, the dominant trend towards stagnation, reversal and collapse of internationally-sponsored attempts to create peace shows that peacemaking is failing. The chapter sketches the international peace architecture (IPA), which the subsequent analysis shows as being entangled with counter-peace processes. Subsequently, some preliminary examples of failed peacemaking and some initial reflections on tactical blockages hint at the scale, scope and effectiveness of contemporary counter-peace processes. The chapter concludes by introducing the structure of the book and its research questions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Peace and Conflict Studies
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameRethinking Peace and Conflict Studies
VolumePart F831
ISSN (Print)1759-3735
ISSN (Electronic)2752-857X

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  • Failed peacemaking
  • International peace architecture
  • Peace process


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