Introduction

Peacebuilding, healing, reconciliation

Bruno Charbonneau and Geneviève Parent

International peacebuilding is a tremendously complex and varied field of practice, policy, and study. It encompasses, but is not limited to, a wide range of post-conflict situations where international interventions seek to prevent conflict or a relapse into conflict and to create a “sustainable peace.” There seems to be no end to the impressive literature on post-conflict peacebuilding, statebuilding, and reconstruction. Much of the work being done takes “top-down” and state-centric approaches that emphasize the structural and institutional impediments to building peace and stability. This literature is devoted to examining the effectiveness of peacebuilding ...

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