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Are we doing statebuilding better? This Global Frictions discussion panel will explore the notion of â€˜hybridity’ in the study and practice of peace formation in conflict-affected societies.
The effort to ‘build’ or ‘rebuild’ state functions after long periods of violent conflict has been central to international responses to war and conflict over the past two decades. Rebuilding the state has been widely seen as foundational to the emergence of long-lasting peace after war, while strengthening state institutions has been a major focus of international development efforts. Statebuilding, however, is an extraordinarily ambitious intervention, which carries inherent ethical, political and practical dilemmas. The relatively poor practical outcomes of statebuilding efforts have also attracted widespread criticism by practitioners and theorists alike. Can the international community and the regions involved in conflict then ‘do statebuilding better’? How might this be approached and should it even be undertaken? The notion of ‘hybridity’ shapes one set of responses to this question. Hybridity emphasises the importance of local sources of peace, order and justice and the necessity and value of engaging with them. Hybridity has facilitated better understandings of (dis)order – particularly in the post-colonial world – and enabled a more nuanced critique of dominant approaches to peacebuilding by the international community and donor countries in conflict-affected societies. While growing in popularity, these ideas have also faced considerable criticism.
This Global Frictions panel will explore the value of ‘hybridity’ for the study and practice of statebuilding and peace formation. Discussion will focus on the ramifications for practice with particular emphasis on the implications for statebuilding and peacebuilding policies in relevant contexts.
Global Frictions: A Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Global Research
- Dr Joanne Wallis (Senior Lecturer, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University)
- Dr Charles Hunt (Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University)
- Dr Anne Brown (Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Global Research, RMIT University)
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