Liberal Hubris? Virtual peace in Cambodia

Oliver P. Richmond, Jason Franks

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Abstract

The article examines the nature of the peace that exists in Cambodia by critiquing the 'liberal peace' framework. The authors claim that, despite the best efforts of international donors and the NGO community, liberal peacebuilding in Cambodia has so far failed in many of its key aims. The liberal peacebuilding project in Cambodia has been modified by a combination of local political, economic and social dynamics, international failings, and the broader theoretical failings of the liberal peacebuilding process. There have been some important successes, but serious doubts remain as to whether this project has been or can be successful, not least because of the ontological problem of whether the liberal peace is at all transferable. This raises the question of what type of peace has actually been built. The authors argue that the result of international efforts so far is little more than a virtual liberal peace.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-48
Number of pages22
JournalSecurity Dialogue
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

Keywords

  • Cambodia
  • Liberal peace
  • Peacebuilding
  • Statebuilding
  • United Nations

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