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Publication - Professor Ana E Juncos Garcia

    Reclaiming the local in EU peacebuilding

    Effectiveness, ownership, and resistance


    Ejdus, F & , AEJ, 2018, ‘Reclaiming the local in EU peacebuilding: Effectiveness, ownership, and resistance’. Contemporary Security Policy, vol 39., pp. 4-27


    Since the early 2000s, the “local turn” has thoroughly transformed
    the field of peacebuilding. The EU policy discourse on peacebuilding has also
    aligned with this trend, with an increasing number of EU policy statements
    insisting on the importance of “the local”. However, most studies on EU
    peacebuilding still adopt a top-down approach and focus on institutions,
    capabilities and decision-making at the EU level. This special issue
    contributes to the literature by focusing on bottom-up and local dynamics of
    EU peacebuilding. After outlining the rationale and the scope of the special
    issue, this article discusses the local turn in international peacebuilding and
    identifies several interrelated concepts relevant to theorizing the role of the
    local, specifically those of effectiveness, ownership, and resistance. In the
    conclusion, we summarize the key contributions of this special issue and
    suggest some avenues for further research.

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