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REFLECTIONS CONCERNING POST-CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION
REFLECTIONS CONCERNING POST-CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION

Author(s): Gabriel Gabor, Doina Muresan
Subject(s): Security and defense, Military policy, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Carol I National Defence University Publishing House
Keywords: post-conflict reconstruction; human security; realism; liberalism; constructivism;

Summary/Abstract: The controversial status of post-conflict reconstruction operations is a tempting invitation for international relations theorists to propose concepts and theories that explain, justify and even interpret very dramatic situations according to the interests the actors involved in the reconstruction want to promote. Hence the diversity of approaches and divergent finalities they propose. Based on an idealized vision of human security, but unfortunately with no chance to materialize in the short and even medium term, the present study is an analysis of the most representative perspectives on post-conflict reconstruction of the main schools of thought in international relations: realism, liberalism and constructivism. The beauty of international relations theories is due not only to the creativity in presenting arguments but also to the originality of the syllogisms and paradigms that are hiding well-defined interests. Even if not directly reflected in the international law, polemics between different theoretical currents in international relations can be considered worthwhile, at least for the fact that it presents facets and aspects of the international environment from new and fresh perspectives.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 48
  • Page Range: 47-57
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English