From Civil Strife to Civil Society: Civil and Military Responsibilities in Disrupted States

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  • Edited William Maley, Charles Sampford and Ramesh Thakur

    ISBN-10: 92-808-1070-7,
    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1080-6
    United Nations University Press
    March 2003

    The 1990s saw the United Nations, the militaries of key member states, and NGOs increasingly entangled in the complex affairs of disrupted states. Whether as deliverers of humanitarian assistance or as agents of political, social, and civic reconstruction, whether in Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, or East Timor, these actors have had to learn ways of interacting with each other in order to optimize the benefits for the populations they seek to assist. Yet the challenges have proved daunting. Civil and military actors have different organizational cultures and standard operating procedures and are confronted with the need to work together to perform tasks to which different actors may attach quite different priorities.

    From Civil Strife to Civil Society explores the nature of these challenges, blending the experience of scholars and practitioners. It is underpinned by an understanding that recovery from disruption is a laborious process that can easily be de-railed. The first part of the book offers a rigorous examination of the dimensions of state disruption and the roles of the international community in responding to it; the second part looks at military doctrine for dealing with disorder and humanitarian emergencies; the third part examines mechanisms for ending violence and delivering justice in post-conflict times; the fourth part investigates the problems of rebuilding trust and promoting democracy; the fifth part deals with the reconstitution of the rule of law; while the sixth and seventh parts address the reestablishment of social and civil order.

    William Maley is Associate Professor of Politics, University College, University of New South Wales, Canberra.

    Charles Sampford is Foundation Professor of Law and Head of the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University, Brisbane.

    Ramesh Thakur is Head of the Peace and Governance Programme and Vice Rector of the United Nations University, Tokyo.

    -Part 1: The Problem of Disrupted States
    -Part 2: Challenges for the Military in Disrupted States
    -Part 3: Ending Violence
    -Part 4: Reconstituting Political Order
    -Part 5: Reconstituting Legal Order
    -Part 6: Reconstituting Social Order
    -Part 7: Transition to Civil Order

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