“If we do not want to die together in war, we must learn to live together in peace.”

Harry S. Truman



Is the Liberal Paradigm of Peacebuilding Intervention Appropriate as a Post-Cold War Conflict Resolution Model?


The practice of peacebuilding has been distorted, entwined with liberal interventionism. Over the 1990’s, it became a standardized policy whereby a specific set of measures became a paradigm, and statebuilding became its synonym (Hirst, 2012, p.15). This has led to the deviation of the liberal peace model. The liberal ideals are not universal and the transmission of them as such is misguided. The analysis taken here is that the trend for peace created from recent, western-led interventions is negative, and subject to falling apart. The implications of this still resonate today and with it in mind, the appropriateness of the paradigm must be questioned. This dissertation sets out to argue the dangers of the peacebuilding as statebuilding convention, to untangle the theory of peacebuilding and to add to the discourse of what the future of the principle and its implementation should be. The finding is that ownership is the most important factor in peace processes, and the current trend fails to produce it. Unexpectedly, the peacebuilding efforts of other international players has gone against this paradigm and their interpretation has offered new light to the field of conflict resolution.


With political suppression inherent everywhere, ForJustice strives to offer quality, uncensored journalism. Beyond that, the blog aims to inspire and support campaigns against widespread injustices such as human rights abuses, political neglect, climate change and inequality, to name but a handful. This is in the firm belief that if these issues go unchecked they will inevitably exacerbate and proliferate.

“The way is the goal, as Ghandi said”
Johan Galtung (1996) Peace by Peaceful Means

In a constantly dynamic state of being, there can be no specific end-goal. Indeed, a far more signifacant aim is the ability to handle societal shifts in an acceptable and sustainable manner.

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