Despite calls for the decolonisation of knowledge, scholars who come from conflict-affected societies remained marginalised, excluded from the examination of the politics and impacts of liberal interventionism. This edited volume gives local scholars a platform from which they critically examine different aspects of liberal interventionism and statebuilding in Kosovo.

Drawing on situational epistemologies and grounded approaches, the chapters in this book interrogate a wide range of themes, including: the politics of local resistance; the uneven relationship between international statebuilders and local subjects; faking of local ownership of security sector reform and the rule of law; heuristic and practical limits of interventionism, as well as the subjugated voices in statebuilding process, such as minorities and women. The book finds that the local is not antidote to the liberal, and that local perspectives are not monolithic. Yet, local critiques of statebuilding do not seek to generate replicable knowledge; rather they prefer generating situational and context-specific knowledge be that to resolve problems or uncover the unresolved problems. The book seeks to contribute to critical peace and conflict studies by (re)turning the local turn to local scholars who come from conflict-affected societies and who have themselves experienced the transition from war to peace.

This book, voted one of the top 10 books of 2020 by International Affairs, is essential reading for students and scholars of peace- and state-building, conflict studies and international relations.

chapter 1|20 pages


Local critiques of intervention and statebuilding

chapter 3|15 pages

From Kosovo with hospitality

Rethinking hospitality beyond Westphalia

chapter 4|15 pages

The hyperreality of EU enlargement

A Baudrillardian critique of the European Union in Kosovo

chapter 5|15 pages

Local inclusion or exclusion?

Security sector development in Kosovo

chapter 6|17 pages

Making the law, ruling the law

International statebuilding and the rule of law in Kosovo

chapter 7|16 pages

Local voices and agency in statebuilding

Perspectives from life stories

chapter 9|16 pages

Inside-out and outside-in on dealing with the past in Kosovo

Actors, voices and practices

chapter 10|14 pages

The subaltern of the local

The Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian women and statebuilding in Kosovo

chapter 12|5 pages


After local critiques