The United Nations ( Un )

1827 Words Mar 8th, 2016 8 Pages
The contemporary world is plagued with intra-state conflicts, struggles over power and territory, and economic crises. As a result, since the end of the Cold War the international community has been providing various forms of assistance and response to conflict-affected countries. ‘Peace-oriented’ initiatives exhibit how international organisations such as the United Nations (UN), the European Union or other donor agencies see themselves as the enablers of sustainable peace. They believe in something called ‘liberal peace’ – a notion that certain types of society, namely liberal democracies, tend to be more peaceful in their domestic and mutual affairs. In consequence, international organisations and liberal states believe that only through liberal peacebuilding, which not only in sustaining peace between states, but also in building peace within a state when grounded on democracy and free market economics, can the world reach a perfect equilibrium. As summarized by Nicholas Lemay-Hébert (2013: 2), “the liberal peace encompasses socio-cultural norms associated with peace-making, as well as the international and national structures instrumental to promoting the liberal peace. The liberal peace’s main components vary, but usually include democracy promotion, the rule of law and good governance, promotion of human rights, economic reform and privatisation.” All these are typically associated with an ideal world, free of struggle, graced with long-lasting peace, and economic…
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