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Democracy and Peace-Building

Policy Matters by Jane Boulden

Jane Boulden argues that, implicitly or explicitly, democratization has long been an element in the foreign policies of Western states; further, in the post-Cold War era it has become integral to peace agreements and post-conflict peace building. She argues that this development has implications for national and international policy, as well as for academic thinking. Boulden suggests there are two schools of thinking regarding democracy and peace-building: ideas promoted by the United Nations, and those promoted by academics and policy-makers. She examines both of these schools of thought, using the situation in Iraq as a backdrop.

Boulden points out that the Iraq situation raises a number of critical questions: At what point is it appropriate to undertake elections as part of a post-conflict peace-building process? What role can international and outside national actors play without risk to undermining the process? To what degree does the nature of the process affect the likelihood of success?

Boulden argues that much more attention needs to be given to the details of the democratization process. She argues that a greater understanding of the time and resource commitments required to sustain such efforts are also imperative for success. Boulden advocates for an approach that fully considers those who will have to live with the results of the democratization process.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Jane Boulden;
Publisher: Institute for Research on Public Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2005; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / International Law & Politics / Conflict Resolution
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Civil Society & Democratization
Policy Articles / International Law & Politics / Conflict Resolution / 2005
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Civil Society & Democratization / 2005
Policy Articles / International Law & Politics
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance


Keywords / Tags:

democracy promotion; peace-building; post-conflict; United Nations; Iraq; democratization process; time and resource commitments;