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Liberal Peace TransitionsBetween Statebuilding and Peacebuilding$
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Oliver P. Richmond and Jason Franks

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638765

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638765.001.0001

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Building/Rejecting the Liberal Peace: State Consolidation and Liberal Failure in the Middle East

Building/Rejecting the Liberal Peace: State Consolidation and Liberal Failure in the Middle East

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(p.149) 5 Building/Rejecting the Liberal Peace: State Consolidation and Liberal Failure in the Middle East
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Liberal Peace Transitions
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Oliver P. Richmond

Jason Franks

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638765.003.0005

This chapter examines the Oslo peace process as the first attempt to introduce the liberal peace framework in the Middle East, and the later, more limited engagement with the construction of a viable peace between the Israeli state and the Palestinians. It argues that the ‘thin’ liberal peace model employed in the Middle East peace process is problematic due to its exclusive nature. It builds states for liberals, and thus excludes and indeed, often simply ignores non-liberal others. Indeed, it may also be the case that some of the obstacles to a viable framework for peace stem, not just from local political and cultural dynamics, but also from the liberal peace paradigm's engagement with the region itself.

Keywords:   Oslo peace process, Middle East, Palestinians, Israeli state, cultural dynamics

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