Tuesday, May 5, 2009

PUBL.- Post-Conflict Tajikistan by John Heathershaw

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PUBL.- Post-Conflict Tajikistan by John Heathershaw

Posted by: Louise Collins <louise.collins@tandf.co.uk>

Post-Conflict Tajikistan
The Politics of Peacebuilding and the Emergence of Legitimate Order
John Heathershaw, University of Exeter, UK

Post-Soviet, post-conflict Tajikistan is an under-studied and poorly
understood case in conflict studies literature. Since 2000, this
Central Asian state has seen major political violence end, countrywide
order emerge and the peace agreement between the parties of the 1990s
civil war hold. Superficially, Tajikistan appears to be a case of
successful international intervention for liberal peacebuilding, yet
the Tajik peace is characterised by authoritarian governance.

Via discourse analysis and extensive fieldwork, including
participant-observation with international organizations, the author
examines how peacebuilding is understood and practised. The book
challenges received wisdom that peacebuilding is a process of
democratisation or institutionalisation, showing how interventions
have inadvertently served to facilitate an increasingly authoritarian
peace and fostered popular accommodation and avoidance strategies.
Chapters investigate assistance to political parties and elections,
the security sector and community development, and illustrate how
transformative aims are thwarted whilst 'success' is simulated for an
audience of international donors. At the same time the book charts the
emergence of a legitimate order with properties of authority,
sovereignty and livelihoods.

Providing a challenge to the theoretical literature on peacebuilding
and concentrating on an under-studied Central Asian state, this book
will be of interest to academics working on Peace Studies,
International Relations and Central Asian Studies.

April 2009: 234 x 156:240pp

Hb: 978-0-415-48403-9: £80.00

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