International Perspectives on Democratization and Peace

Narayanan Ganesan
Hiroshima City University, Japan

Product Details
26 Oct 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
224 pages - 152 x 229mm
Since at least the 1990s, international mediation efforts have investigated whether civil conflicts could be resolved through democratization. The results have been mixed, and within the scholarship there is no real framework for how to approach the question, let alone any agreement on the answers.

Drawing on concrete cases from three continents, and bringing together contributions from political scientists, historians, area specialists, and international relations experts, International Perspectives on Democratization and Peace takes stock of all the efforts expended in pursuit of peaceful, democratic settlements to civil conflict and provides a sorely needed framework for thinking clearly about the role of democratization in international mediation processes. In three sections, authors give a philosophical and historical elaboration of the key questions, investigate seven applied case studies that survey the impact of democratization on civil conflicts in diverse global contexts, and discuss how US preference for its own interests over international democratization has delayed, but not indefinitely forestalled, the process of democratization in many parts of the globe, a process that demands continued, serious analysis and discussion.

This book is a must-read not for scholars within international relations, international political economy, development studies, political science, and peace and conflict studies.
Chapter 1. Open Roads to Peace and Democratization; Mónica Dias 
Chapter 2. Post-Nuclear / Post-Colonial Challenges to Democratization in the Pacific; Robert Jacobs 
Chapter 3. Democratization, Peace and the Differences betyween Asian and Western Approaches: The Case of Cambodia; Makiko Takemoto 
Chapter 4. Democratization and its impact on ethnic conflict and peace in Myanmar; Narayanan Ganesan 
Chapter 5. The peace process in Sri Lanka: The challenges for democracy after decades of civil conflict and terrorism; Raquel Duque 
Chapter 6. A democratic tradition as the background to armed conflict: The paradox of the Colombian case; Margarita Cuervo 
Chapter 7. The roads to reinvigorate the peace agreements: Between electorial and justice reforms in Guatemala; Jose Carlos Sanabria 
Chapter 8. The Angolan Process of Peace and Democratization: a case study; Raul Tati 
Chapter 9. Peace and conflict in Mozambique: A long Road to democracy; António L Fontes Ramos 
Chapter 10. Comparative Analysis of the Regional Security System of Europe and Asia: dilemmas of the Asian Security System; Gen Kikkawa 
Conclusion. Impact of democratization on civil conflict; Narayanan Ganesan
Narayanan Ganesan is Professor of Southeast Asian politics at the Hiroshima Peace Institute in Japan. His research focuses mainly on interstate and intrastate tensions and conflict in Southeast Asia, and his major recent edited works include State Violence in East Asia (with Sung Chull Kim), Conjunctures and Continuities in Southeast Asian Politics and Bilateral Legacies in East and Southeast Asia.

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