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Tackling the legacies of violence and conflict: liberal institutions and contentious politics in Cambodia and East Timor

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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  • Political Science


Since the 1990s, the plight of peoples and states emerging from conflict has become a central focus of humanitarian and development policy. The opportunity to settle a series of civil wars, following the end of the Cold War, through United Nations peacekeeping operations, gave rise to a new industry in peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction, incorporating multilateral and bilateral aid agencies, international non-governmental organizations, private contractors, and academic researchers and consultants. Southeast Asia hosted two such operations, each ground-breaking at their respective times: in Cambodia from 1992. to 1993 and in East Timor from 1999 to 2002.

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