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Building Sustainable PeaceTiming and Sequencing of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding$
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Arnim Langer and Graham K. Brown

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757276

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757276.001.0001

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Timing and Sequencing of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding Efforts in Dr Congo

Timing and Sequencing of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding Efforts in Dr Congo

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(p.243) Chapter 14 Timing and Sequencing of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding Efforts in Dr Congo
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Building Sustainable Peace
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Sara Hellmüller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757276.003.0014

Questions of timing and sequencing in peace processes depend heavily on the nature of the conflict. This chapter assesses sequencing by international and local peacebuilding actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Local peacebuilding actors prioritized reconciliation between communities and aimed to bring different ethnic groups together. International peacebuilding actors, in turn, mainly sought to rebuild the state first, according to the Weberian definition of restoring its monopoly over the legitimate use of violence and its legal-rational authority. This chapter shows that this difference in sequencing presents an opportunity since both sets of actors have a comparative advantage in working on their respective priorities and their programmes are complementary. However, local and international peacebuilding actors often do not benefit from this opportunity since they fail to coordinate their programmes with each other.

Keywords:   Democratic Republic of Congo, reconciliation, statebuilding, local–international cooperation, local peacebuilding, international peacebuilding, sequencing

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