From peacebuilding to sustaining peace: Implications of complexity for resilience and sustainability

Abstract: This paper considers some of the implications of applying a complexity theory lens to the peacebuilding field. Amongst others it finds that for a peace process to become self-sustainable, resilient social institutions need to emerge from within the social system, i.e. informed by the local culture, history and socio-economic context.  International peacebuilders can assist this process, but if they interfere too much they end up undermining the self-organizing processes necessary to generate and sustain resilient social institutions. A Complexity informed approach to sustaining peace suggest that international peacebuilders focus their efforts on safeguarding, stimulating, facilitating and creating the space for societies to develop resilient capacities for self-organisation.

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