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Patrik Johansson

Resilient peace – resilient conflict

Post-war societies have a short-term need for stability, but also a long-term need to develop their capacity for peaceful adaptation to changing circumstances. How have these needs been balanced in peace processes, and what have the outcomes been?


My research seeks the answer to these questions through the theoretical lens of resilience. The argument is that not only peace can be resilient, but also conflict, making it difficult to break the cycle of violence, and asks what implications this has for peacebuilding. Comparative case studies of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Lebanon, and Palestine follow events over time and establish how they affect each other in the longer term. The research is concerned with varieties of peace, degrees of success, and diversity in the recurrence of violence.

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