This chapter introduces Complexity and Adaptive Peacebuilding and considers how it contributes to the contemporary hybridity debate. Following a brief introduction to Complexity theory, this chapter explores the utility of a complex systems perspective to expand our understanding of hybrid peacebuilding. Adaptive peacebuilding is then introduced as an approach that can help hybrid peacebuilding cope with the uncertainty dilemma that is a characteristic of complex social systems, as well as manage the relational dimension of hybrid peacebuilding through a collaborative approach. This chapter thus seeks to explore what hybridity theorists may gain from a complex systems approach to peacebuilding and begin to build bridges between complexity, adaptive peacebuilding and hybrid peacebuilding.
This chapter is part of an open access book:
de Coning C., McDonald-Colbert L. (2021) Hybridity, Adaptive Peacebuilding and Complexity. In: Uesugi Y., Deekeling A., Umeyama S.S., McDonald-Colbert L. (eds) Operationalisation of Hybrid Peacebuilding in Asia. Security, Development and Human Rights in East Asia. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-67758-9_3
The book and chapter is available here: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-67758-9