Post-Conflict Economic Reconstruction

Hardcover | November 1, 2008

byGraciana del Castillo

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Post-conflict economic reconstruction is a critical part of the political economy of peacetime and one of the most important challenges in any peace-building or state-building strategy. After wars end, countries must negotiate a multi-pronged transition to peace: Violence must give way topublic security; lawlessness, political exclusion, and violation of human rights must give way to the rule of law and participatory government; ethnic, religious, ideological, or class/caste confrontation must give way to national reconciliation; and ravaged and mismanaged war economies must bereconstructed and transformed into functioning market economies that enable people to earn a decent living.Yet, how can these vitally important tasks each be successfully managed? How should we go about rehabilitating basic services and physical and human infrastructure? Which policies and institutions are necessary to reactivate the economy in the short run and ensure sustainable development in the longrun? What steps should countries take to bring about national reconciliation and the consolidation of peace? In all of these cases, unless the political objectives of peacetime prevail at all times, peace will be ephemeral, while policies that pursue purely economic objectives can have tragicconsequences. This book argues that any strategy for post-conflict economic reconstruction must be based on five premises and examines specific post-conflict reconstruction experiences to identify not only where these premises have been disregarded, but also where policies have worked, and thespecific conditions that have influenced their success and failure.

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Post-conflict economic reconstruction is a critical part of the political economy of peacetime and one of the most important challenges in any peace-building or state-building strategy. After wars end, countries must negotiate a multi-pronged transition to peace: Violence must give way topublic security; lawlessness, political exclusio...

Graciana del Castillo is an expert on countries in crises - both financial and post-conflict. Her roles in the cabinet of the UN secretary-general in the early 1990s and in the IMF from 1996, saw her involved in ongoing operations and economic reconstruction in Central America, Africa, Asia, and Kosovo. More recently, Dr. del Castillo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:November 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordIntroductionPart I: War-to-Peace Transitions1. Features of Recent Transitions2. Debate on the Economic Consequences of PeacetimePart II: Post-conflict Economic Reconstruction3. Definitions and Characteristics4. Basic Premises for PolicymakingPart III: International Assistance5. The Multilateral Framework for International Assistance6. The Debate Agenda for International AssistancePart IV: Lessons from Case Studies7. UN-Led Reconstruction Following UN-Led Negotiations: El Salvador8. UN-Led Reconstruction Following NATO-Led Military Intervention9. UN-Led Reconstruction Following US Military Intervention: Afghanistan10. US-Led Reconstruction Amid US-Occupation: IraqPart V: A Strategy for Reconstruction11. Setting the Strategy12. National Reconciliation Efforts13. Economic Policymaking14. Institutional ArrangementsConcluding RemarksAcronyms and AbbreviationsBibliography

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"Rebuilding War-Torn States is that rare book that brilliantly combines the insights of an experienced practitioner with the disciplined argument of a meticulous researcher. Dr. del Castillo distils lessons from the peacebuilding efforts in El Salvador, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. She concludes with incisive and provocative strategic lessons that neither the scholars nor the decision-makers can afford to neglect."-- Michael W. Doyle, Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law and Political Science, Columbia University. Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (2001-2003). "This volume offers a highly readable, economically literate discussion of the inter-linked political and economic dimensions of peacebuilding that too often do not receive sufficient attention amidst concerns over security. It draws on many important case studies, including Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as reminding us of the historically salient lessons of international attempts to support and consolidate peace in El Salvador and Timor Leste."-- David M. Malone, President of the International Development Research Centre, former President of the International Peace Academy, and author of The International Struggle For Iraq: Decision-Making in the UN Security Council, 1980-2005k "I believe that in summarizing the lessons learned from the Salvadorean experience, Graciana is not only very accurate in her insights and analysis, but also provides an extremely valuable tool for consolidating peace in other countries around the world."-- Alfredo Cristiani, Former President of El Salvador "In her insightful and timely book Rebuilding War-Torn States, Graciana del Castillo understandsthat reconstruction in the war-torn countries must aim toward a commercial society... Based on case studies and other relevant experiences, the author presents the basic premises, lessons, best practices and policy guidelines which she posits are necessary to design an effective strategy for post-conflict economic reconstruction."-- Edmund S. Phelps, Nobel Prize Laureate for Economics 2006