Complexity Thinking for Peacebuilding Practice and by Emery Brusset, Cedric de Coning, Bryn Hughes

By Emery Brusset, Cedric de Coning, Bryn Hughes

This ebook covers the layout, assessment, and studying for foreign interventions aiming to advertise peace. extra particularly, it reconceptualises this area by means of severely analysing mainstream techniques – featuring either conceptual and empirical content material. This quantity deals various unique and insightful contributions to the debates grappling with the adoption of complexity thinking.

Insights from Complexity considering for Peacebuilding perform and Evaluation addresses the center issue that practitioners need to confront: how you can functionality in occasions which are quick altering and intricate, while outfitted with instruments designed for neither? How will we reconcile the strain among using linear causal good judgment and the dynamic political transitions that interventions are supposed to support?

Readers might be given a unprecedented chance to superimpose the newest conceptual concepts with the newest case examine purposes and from a various spectrum of organisational vantage issues. this gives the myriad practitioners and specialists during this house with useful insights as to how one can increase their exchange craft, whereas making sure coverage makers and the accompanying research/academic have clearer tips and leading edge considering. This edited quantity offers significantly leading edge choices for the audiences that make up this vast area’s practitioners, researchers/academics/educators, and specialists, in addition to coverage makers.

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As complex systems are open systems, however, it is always problematic to draw boundaries such as local and external. It is impossible to clearly delineate them, but it may be useful to think of them in terms of competing interests or attractors that influence the system. On one level it seems obvious to draw a distinction between, for instance Sudan as the local and the UN as the external actor trying to influence the peace process in, for instance, Darfur. On many other levels it is very difficult to maintain that distinction.

A shared conflict analysis, that retains different perspectives and insights, may result in a more textured and rich analysis. From a Complexity perspective it is a good thing if different agencies have different understandings of a situation, because that results in the overall understanding being informed by many different perspectives. Others may not agree, but at least they have to take those perspectives into account, and that contributes to all participants in the process being more open to a complex and multifaceted understanding of the situation at hand.

2003) Breaking the Conflict Trap: Civil War and Development Policy. New York: Oxford University Press and the World Bank, and Suhrke A & Samset I. (2007) What’s in a figure?  199. 7. Among others: Jervis R. (1997) System effects: Complexity in Political and Social Life. Princeton: Princeton University Press; Rihani S. (2002) Complex Systems Theory and Development Practice. London: Zed Books; Hendrick D. (2009) Complexity Theory and Conflict Transformation: an Exploration of Potential and Implications.

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