New Barbarian at the Gate: Losing the Liberal Peace in Africa

Willett, Susan (2005) New Barbarian at the Gate: Losing the Liberal Peace in Africa. Review of African Political Economy, 32 (106). pp. 569-594. ISSN 0305-6244

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Within contemporary liberal peace discourse, poverty and underdevelopment are being constructed as ‘new threats' that feed conflict and terrorism. This perception has encouraged a growing convergence between the security and development policies of the major donors. However, in Africa, where the need to simultaneously tackle conflict and underdevelopment is most pressing, the global institutions have failed to acknowledge that the neo-liberal policies that they pursue have been instrumental in structuring the domestic political and economic tensions that have contributed to violent conflict. Moreover, the current preoccupation with the war on terror has encouraged the co-option of development resources for security functions resulting in the incremental securitisation of development policies. Regardless of its expanding base and the process of mission creep, the liberal peace complex has failed to secure sustainable peace in Africa. Into the vacuum created by failure, the ‘new barbarian' agenda that underpins the ‘war on terror' has surreptitiously moved, expanding its reach and its wake of pillage and destruction.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: iberal peace complex, war on terror, securitisation of development, new barbarian agenda, unsustainable peace
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ1305 Scope of international relations. Political theory. Diplomacy
Depositing User: Susan M Willett
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2010
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 12:16

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