Statebuilding vs Peacebuilding

How feasible is it for the United Nations to build peace from above? If ‘positive peace’ is hard to attain, should the UN instead focus on just stopping the fighting? Professor Michael Pugh (University of Bradford) notes that statebuilding and peacebuilding have been conflated to some degree, and signals some of the risks of this approach.

An interview with War and Peace Talk on 14 October 2013.

For more information on Michael Pugh please refer to: his page on the website of the University of Bradford, his article ‘The political economy of peacebuilding‘, and his book ‘Whose Peace? Critical Perspectives on the Political Economy of Peacebuilding‘.