Author: Jan Pospisil
International peacebuilding has reached an impasse. Its lofty ambitions have resulted in at best middling success, punctuated by moments of outright failure. Paradoxically, contemporary peacebuilding policy has reached an unprecedented level of vagueness.
Peace in political unsettlement provides an alternative response rooted in a new discourse, which aims to speak both to the experience of working in peace process settings. It maps a new understanding of peace processes as institutionalising formalised political unsettlement and points out new ways of engaging with it. It is only by understanding the nature and techniques of formalised political unsettlement that new constructive ways of engaging with it can be found.