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Postconflict Development: Meeting New Challenges

Gerd Junne and Willemijn Verkoren, editors
Postconflict Development: Meeting New Challenges
ISBN: 978-1-58826-327-8
ISBN: 978-1-58826-303-2
ISBN: 978-1-62637-165-1
2004/371 pages/LC: 2004014977

"An appropriate and excellent text for graduate courses in the disciplines of Conflict Resolution, Economics, International Politics, Peace Studies, and Social Change. Additionally, upper-level and honors undergraduate courses in similar areas could benefit from this work."—Tisa M. Anders, International Journal on World Peace

"What kind of peace is being created by peacebuilding and development processes? How is this peace experienced by local recipients? Is peace sustainable in the future? A welcome and well-crafted volume, Postconflict Development effectively addresses these questions."—Oliver Richmond, International Studies Review

"Addresses all the important topics linked to postconflict peacebuilding, with policy lessons/ prescriptions well illustrated by case studies. Postconflict Development will appeal to students, as well as to the academic community at large."—Carolyn Shaw, Wichita State University

"[A] fine volume.... Reading it [is] a learning experience that is valuable to both practitioners and scholars.” —Maarten van Voorst tot Voorst, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management


With the proliferation of civil wars since the end of the Cold War, many developing countries now exist in a "postconflict" environment, posing enormous development challenges for the societies affected, as well as for international actors. Postconflict Development addresses these challenges in a range of vital sectors—security, justice, economic policy, education, the media, agriculture, health, and the environment in countries around the globe.

The authors focus on the need to move beyond emergency relief to create new social and economic structures that can serve as the foundations for a lasting peace. Prosperity, the authors acknowledge, does not guarantee peace; but a lack of economic development will almost certainly lead to renewed violence. This conviction informs their thorough discussion of the policy dilemmas confronted in postconflict situations and a range of concrete, successful approaches to resolving them.


Gerd Junne is professor emeritus of international relations at the University of Amsterdam and also director of the Network University. Willemijn Verkoren is associate professor of peace and conflict studies at Raboud University.


  • The Challenges of Postconflict Development—G. Junne and W. Verkoren.
  • Security: An Absolute Prerequisite—D. Salomons.
  • Building State Institutions—J.L. Herrero.
  • Developing Local Governance—T. Hohe.
  • Reestablishing the Rule of Law—M. Plunkett.
  • Reconstructing Infrastructure—R.H. Brown.
  • The Media's Role in War and Peacebuilding—R. Howard.
  • Reforming Education—W.A. Degu.
  • Reviving Health Care—V. van Schoor.
  • Protecting the Environment—M. Bijlsma.
  • Economic Policy for Building Peace—B. Kamphuis.
  • Financing Reconstruction—T. Addison, A.R. Chowdhury, and S.M. Murshed.
  • Donor Assistance: Lessons from Palestine for Afghanistan—R. Brynen.
  • Donors in War-Torn Societies: A Case Study of El Salvador—C. van der Borgh.
  • Bringing It All Together: A Case Study of Mozambique—J. Hanlon.
  • Bringing It All Together: A Case Study of Cambodia—W. Verkoren.
  • Seeking the Best Way Forward—G. Junne and W. Verkoren.
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