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EJIS conversations - The evolution of the international peace architecture

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In the latest EJIS conversation, European Journal of International Security (EJIS) editor Edward Newman (University of Leeds) talks to Oliver Richmond about his EJIS article - 'The evolution of the international peace architecture' - and his research on peacebuilding'. Oliver also talks about the future of peacebuilding, and whether we could achieve coherence amongst different actors.

The international peace architecture is upheld by a series of theories and doctrines related to peace and conflict, with ideas often reiterated by organisations and regional actors such as the UN and EU. However, this raises many questions about the evolution of such a global endeavour, questions which Oliver's article seeks to explore. 

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Full Abstract

The theories and doctrines related to peacekeeping, mediation, peacebuilding, and statebuilding, as well as other tools used to end war and conflict, raise a range of long-standing questions about the evolution and integrity of what might be called an international peace architecture. A narrow version of this term has begun to appear in the context of peacebuilding through the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, other regional actors, the international legal system, and the International Financial Institutions. This article proposes a much broader, historical version, with six main theoretical stages, which have, from a critical perspective, produced a substantial, though fragile, international architecture.