Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/229849
Authors: 
Almohamad, Selman
Kirchschlager, Markus
Kurtenbach, Sabine
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
GIGA Working Papers No. 324
Abstract: 
Sustainable Development Goal 16 on "peace, justice, and strong institutions" is widely considered a central pillar of sustainable development. Based on a comprehensive concept of peace that goes beyond the mere absence of war, it might also be the most difficult to realise. Debates in Peace and Conflict Studies have followed other Social Science debates in exiting the "national container," namely by focusing on the interaction between global and subnational or local dynamics. However, the regional dimension is no longer acknowledged as an important intervening variable in peace and conflict dynamics. This article thus develops the concept of "regional peace formation," arguing that the neighbourhood matters either as an enabling or hindering factor for peacebuilding. Based on empirical evidence from Latin America, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa, we show the usefulness of this concept in explaining regional differences.
Subjects: 
Latin America
Middle East
Sub-Saharan Africa
peacebuilding
conflict
regional organizations
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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