Stabilization Missions – Lessons to Be Learned from Resilience-Based Peacebuilding
Philipp Fluri


International stabilization missions are often unsuccessful, as demonstrated by the fact that a large number of countries that have hosted such missions have also relapsed into conflict within 20 years. The author suggests looking to experiences of resilience-based peacebuilding for more successful examples. These remain largely unknown or ignored and still do not enjoy the attention they deserve, whether because the ‘wrong’ NGO crowd dominates peacebuilding programming, the ‘wrong’ departments and ministries are considered the main peacebuilding part­ners or the resilience-based projects simply are not costly enough to at­tract attention. A framework for resilience and examples from Guatema­la, Liberia, Timor-Leste, and Afghanistan are discussed and lessons to be learned identified.

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This issue of Connections. The Quarterly Journal looks into a number of issues: professional military education and its role in deepening defense capabil­ities with a special focus on the South Caucasus, the defense cooperation of the South Caucasus nations with both Russia and NATO which may result in a new form of a ‘Great Game’ rivalry... Read More