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Conflict and Development

By: Eleanor O'Gorman

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Paperback | Jun 2011 | #191956 | ISBN-13: 9781848135758
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During the 1990s the drive of liberal peace efforts in the form of humanitarian intervention transformed the ways in which traditional development assistance operated in war and post-war situations. From Somalia and Rwanda to Bosnia and Sri Lanka, conflict, security and development became more intertwined as more integrated programmes and interventions were advocated by the international community. "Conflict and Development", whilst serving as an in-depth introduction to key themes and context, questions the extent to which international aid has over-reached in seeking to engage more centrally in addressing the causes and consequences of violent conflict. Using this framework, the author traces the evolution of the conflict and development agenda and explores the politics of aid and policymaking in relation to international conflict. By taking a combined approach of theory, policy and practice this vital new book explores and comprehensively explains the impact of conflict on development and vice-versa through the series of concise thematic chapters.

'Conflict and Development' provides a comprehensive overview of the ideas and debates surrounding the intimate connection between development and security. Gorman's deft analysis moves from greed, grievance and poverty, through gender to embrace the wider issues of peacebuilding and statebuilding. For a single volume that brings order to this crowded terrain, this cannot be beaten. - Professor Mark Duffield, Director, Global Insecurities Centre


1. Aid and Conflict in the 21st Century: An Overview 2. Greed, Grievance and Poverty: the politics of analyzing conflict 3. Policymaking and Politics of Conflict Programming 4. Women, Men and War: The gendering of international conflict 5. People, Guns, and Soldiers: Whose Security and Violence? 6. Failed States and the limits of Peacebuilding and Statebuilding 7. Conclusion: Lessons for changing aid and conflict

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Eleanor O'Gorman has over 15 years of experience in the fields of international conflict, human rights and development within academic and organizational settings. She is currently a Senior Associate at the Gender Studies Centre and a Research Associate at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge. As an independent consultant, she advises the UN, the UK Government, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission, and the OECD. She has substantial field experience and worked previously as Senior Policy Adviser with the UNDP. Eleanor has an MsC in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and was awarded a full scholarship from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for her PhD research. From 1994-1997, she was Lecturer in Politics and Development at the University of East Anglia, and she has co-edited with Vivienne Jabri Women, Culture and International Relations. (1999).

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