Nina Wilèn, Justifying Intervention in Africa: (De)Stabilizing Sovereignty in Liberia, Burundi and the Congo, Palgrave – MacMillan, February 2012.

This study interrogates how statebuilding and liberal peacebuilding have had many inintended consequences, not least on the legitimacy of international claims about their « responsibility to protect » and in parallel on local expectations of sovereignty and local ownership. In Africa both of these sets of claims have been somewhat exposed over the last decades, as this valuable and detailed study ably documents in especially rich and insightful empirical detail.’ – Oliver Richmond, Professor at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.

This important book explores the contradictory logic behind peacebuilding interventions. It intrigues the reader by critically examining the paradoxical problem of stabilizing sovereignty through intervention. Based on original fieldwork, this thoroughly researched book provides penetrating empirical insights as well as a stringent theoretical contribution to the debate about challenges and chanegs of key concepts, such as sovereignty and peacebuilding interventions and their normative underpinnings.’ – Annika Bjorkdahl, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Lund University.

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