This book offers a state-of-the-art examination of peacemaking, looking at its theoretical assumptions, empirical applications and its consequences.

Despite the wealth of research on external interventions and practices of Western peacebuilding, many scholars tend to rely on findings in the so-called 'post-agreement' phase of interventions. As a result, most mainstream peacebuilding literature pays limited or no attention to the linkages that exist between mediation practices in the negotiation phase and processes in the post-peace agreement phase of intervention.

By linking the motives and practices of interveners during negotiation and implementation phases into a more integrated theoretical framework, this book makes a unique contribution to the on-going debate on the so-called Western ‘liberal’ models of peacebuilding. Drawing upon in-depth case-studies from various different regions of the world including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Sierra Leone, this innovative volume examines a variety of political motives behind third party interventions, thus challenging the very founding concept of mediation literature.

This book will of much interest to students of peacebuilding, statebuilding, peacemaking, war and conflict studies, security studies and IR in general.

chapter |17 pages

Peacemaking and peacebuilding

Two ends of a tail
ByMikael Eriksson, Roland Kostić

chapter |18 pages

American nation-building abroad

Exceptional powers, broken promises and the making of ‘Bosnia'
ByRoland Kostić

chapter |17 pages

Reconstituting crisis

Revisiting the Dayton and Rambouillet Agreements and their impact in Kosovo
ByJens Stilhoff Sörensen

chapter |19 pages

The liberal trap

Peacemaking and peacebuilding in Afghanistan after 9/11
ByFlorian Krampe

chapter |16 pages


The role of foreign involvement in the shaping and implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement
ByØystein H. Rolandsen

chapter |26 pages

The Ouagadougou Political Accord

ByCamilla Elowson

chapter |15 pages

Going it alone

The Casamance conflict and the challenges of internal peacemaking
ByJannie Lilja, Mohamed Lamine Manga

chapter |11 pages

Rethinking peacemaking

Peace at all costs?
ByMikael Eriksson, Roland Kostić