Privatizing the Democratic Peace: Policy Dilemmas of NGO Peacebuilding

Carey, Henry F.
Palgrave MacMillan, UK, 2011, ISBN 978 1 4039 9688 6, 304 pp.
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Norma De La Cruz

The role of NGOs in peacebuilding has been under increasing debate. This book gives a good description of the notions of realism, liberalism, and neo-conservative perspectives in understanding to what extent NGOs can fill the space that fragile or failed states and international organisations cannot reach. There is not a clear definition of what a NGO is; they are so diverse in their philosophies, ways and methodologies, and their agendas. It is this diversity and flexibility that has enriched their role in the peacebuilding arena.

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