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Democratic Peacebuilding: Aiding Afghanistan and other Fragile States

Richard J. Ponzio

Abstract

This book examines the evolution of international peacebuilding since the cold war, identifying the factors that limit the progress of international actors to institutionalize democratic authority and the rule of law in war-shattered societies. It gives particular attention to Afghanistan's Bonn Agreement process (2001–5) and post-Bonn period (2006–9), in which the country's multiple, competing forms of authority (e.g., religious leaders, tribal elders, militia commanders, and technocrats) challenged efforts to create “modern” forms of political authority rooted in democratic norms and the rul ... More

Keywords: democracy, peacebuilding, authority, legitimacy, conflict management, Afghanistan, fragile states, statebuilding, rule of law, United Nations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199594955
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594955.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard J. Ponzio, author
Senior Strategy and Policy Officer, Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, United States Department of State