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UN Peacebuilding

Light Footprint or Friendly Takeover?

by Nora Roehner

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Pub date: 2012
Pages: 245
ISBN-10: 161233945X
ISBN-13: 9781612339450
Categories: Political SciencePolitical ScienceSocial Science


The book investigates efforts of the international community to keep peace and rebuild states after these have overcome internal war. Over the past 20+ years, UN peace missions have gradually become more ambitious, with an increasing number of military and civilian peacebuilders on the ground who take on a wide range of responsibilities. Contradicting calls for ever more international commitment to post-war countries, the author argues that more of everything is not in all cases the adequate approach and does not necessarily produce better outcomes in terms of security and statehood in war-torn countries.

About the Author

Following her Master's studies in Public Policy and Management at the Universities of Konstanz (Germany) and Bergen (Norway), Nora Roehner has worked at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs in New York, as a lecturer for statistics and research methods, and as an independent researcher on post-conflict democratization. She has obtained her Ph.D. in political science from the Free University in Berlin with a study on UN peacebuilding, which took her to Kosovo and Liberia. Currently, she is with the government of Afghanistan in Kabul as embedded specialist on sub-national governance.