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By A. Mitchell

Peace interventions can advertise violence, while clash could be a the most important capability for constraining and combating it. This e-book explores those statements, re-thinking the relationships among peace, clash and violence. From this angle it reinterprets numerous phenomena that problem the 'peace procedure' in Northern eire.

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The relation between them may be causal, but not because conflict ‘causes’ violence. Rather, I shall argue, it is in the absence of conflict that violence thrives. Violence, I shall argue, is the infliction of harm over which those harmed have no control, ability to intervene or capacity to resist. It is literally the violation of the autonomy or integrity of its object, and the negation of the latter’s capacity to act or determine the conditions in which it exists. As Hannah Arendt argues, violence is the opposite of ‘action’ or the capacity of human beings to appear as unique, plural individuals and to found the worlds they inhabit and share (Arendt, 1969).

It is when coercive or otherwise violent acts are taken 30 Lost in Transformation against these threatworks or non-conflictual forms of world-building, that cycles of violence emerge. Irresistibility and violence Whether an act is violent has a great deal to do with whether the groups it affects feel capable of intervening, shaping, blocking or indeed acquiescing to it. When a radical act – in particular an attempt to eradicate a world or form of world-building – is perceived as irresistible, it is experienced as violence.

In brief, this term refers to a model of peace based on democratization, ‘good governance’, the development of the economy and civil society, and, above all, securitization. Both calls for and warnings against the ‘liberal peace’ model tend to focus on political procedure, institutions and structures, economics and social development, and security. ‘Political procedure’ refers to the elements of formal democracy and the manner in which it is enacted: electoral representation, open and free elections, and the right of all citizens to vote and stand for political office.

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