Towards A Peace with Global Justice? The Struggle within the International Peace Architecture

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The evolving connection between peace and justice depends on a long history of expanded rights emanating from critical agency and global subalterns. Their political scripts have partly driven the development of the international peace architecture (IPA), a series of layers, sediments, and theories built up through international and local scale peace praxis. It has often required an alliance with powerful actors and an international consensus. Its evolution challenges the Western framed approach to peacemaking from various directions - regional, methodological, theoretical, and ethical. The logical scientific conclusion of this process appears to equate peace with post-colonial versions of global justice and sustainability, drawing on subaltern perspectives and epistemological advances. However, blockages, counter-peace dynamics, including spoiling and authoritarian outcomes in many peace processes across the world, tend to underline the limited pragmatic traction of the peace-justice nexus. "Prefer what is positive and multiple, difference over uniformity, flows over unities, mobile arrangements over systems. Believe what is productive is not sedentary but nomadic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-64
Number of pages29
JournalAsian International Studies Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021

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  • international peace architecture
  • justice
  • Peace


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