Introduction: International, State, and Local Dynamics of Peace in the Twenty-First Century

Oliver P. Richmond, Gëzim Visoka

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This introductory chapter offers an overview of the key concepts and themes covered in the Handbook. The first section explores how peacebuilding, statebuilding, and peace formation are conceived in different international relations approaches and social science disciplines, offering an overview of the conceptual bedrock of major theories and approaches. The second section situates these approaches among other major global issues to illustrate their global, regional, and local resonance. The third section disaggregates key themes in peacebuilding and statebuilding studies. Finally, the fourth section looks at key features of postliberal peace and peace formation processes both in theory and in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Peacebuilding, Statebuilding, and Peace Formation
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780190904418
ISBN (Print)9780197576410
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • International peace architecture
  • Peace formation
  • Peacebuilding
  • Statebuilding
  • United nations


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