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State-building and peace-building – Do they go hand-in-hand? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
September 16, 2010, 11:28 am
Filed under: conflict

This ODI briefing paper provides nice definitions of peace-building, state-building and political settlements. It talks about how the two approaches can complement each other but also how they can undermine each other. It is a useful and brief analysis, my only frustration is that the recommendations are the ones that you see at the end of many briefing papers (don’t create false expectations, understand the context more, commit long-term). While these are all good, solid recommendations it would be nice to see a little more sophistication and nuance.


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