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Palgrave Macmillan

Building States, Building Peace

Global and Regional Involvement in Sri Lanka and Myanmar

ISBN 9781137274151
Publication Date February 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies

Emphasizing the regional component of peace- and statebuilding, this book provides an in-depth empirical analysis of external engagament, primarily in Sri Lanka and also in Myanmar. Sánchez-Cacicedo argues that though identified as 'global' forms of involvement, a liberal peacebuilding approach and Western-led international interventions in statebuilding processes lack the necessary legitimacy at local and regional levels. The book specifically explores the lack of consensus between non-regional and regional actors involved in the 2002 peace process and its implications in Sri Lanka; it further looks into the similar situation of external involvement in Myanmar's statebuilding process. Both case studies provide a rich contextual insight into the specificity of external engagement in Asia, against the backdrop of a globally rising China and India, and their evolving neighbourhood policies.
 
Building States, Building Peace highlights how the regional can prevail over the global structure, reconfiguring our views on the optimal ways in which to achieve peace- and statebuilding.

Amaia Sánchez-Cacicedo is a scholar in the field of peacebuilding, international intervention and statebuilding, with a regional focus on Asia. She has conducted research on the evolution and internationalization of ethno-political conflicts, with a particular interest in Sri Lanka and Myanmar. She is developing a growing research agenda in the field of diaspora and transnational studies. Amaia holds a BSc in International Business Administration from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid, an MSc in International Affairs from Georgetown University and a PhD from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She is currently a part-time lecturer at the International University in Geneva and has previously worked for several local NGOs in India, and for the UNHCR in Costa Rica, Kenya and Sri Lanka.

PART I: A CRITICAL VIEW ON 'GLOBAL' LIBERAL PEACEBUILDING AND STATEBUILDING
1. Introduction: The Way of Terrain I
2. Challenging Liberal Peacebuilding as Part of Liberal Internationalism
PART II: LESSONS FROM THE SRI LANKAN CASE: 2002-09
3. Evolution of the Sri Lankan Conflict up to 2002
4. Sri Lanka's Recent Peace Process and a Military Termination to the Conflict
5. External Involvement in Sri Lanka's 2002 Peace Process
PART III: THE REGION TO THE FORE: EXTERNAL INVOLVEMENT IN ASIA
6. Regional Power Shifts in Asia: External Involvement in Intra-State Conflicts
7. The Case of Myanmar: What Role for the Region?
PART IV: CONCLUSION
8. Conclusion: What Indeed is Good and Appropriate

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