REPLAY Lecture Series

The International Dynamics of Counter-Peace: Strategic Developments, Ideology, and Emancipatory Alternatives

Oliver Richmond (University of Manchester)

13 de junho de 2022, 16h00-17h30 (GMT+1)

Sala Keynes, Faculdade de Economia da UC + Online

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Moderação: Maria Clara Oliveira (FEUC)


Peacemaking and peacebuilding have political and ideological implications for international order, whether state centric and unipolar or multipolar, or post-colonial, multilateral, and civil society oriented. Peacemaking tools and underlying ideology maintain international order, indicating its viability and legitimacy partly by meeting local claims. The international peace architecture (IPA) may also be contested through counter-peace processes, which contest the nature of the state and state-society relations, with concurrent implications for ideological competition at the international level. The limitations of the current liberal-international peace architecture and the breakdown of many peace agreements, points to the need for rethinking at a time when multilateral organisations and civil society are blocked. This pits liberal democracy and liberal-international norms against authoritarian nationalism and multipolarity. Critical evaluations of international order thus rest on their capacity for peacemaking as an emancipatory practice, separate from ideological competition.

Nota biográfica

Oliver Richmond is Research Professor in IR and Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. He is also International Professor at Dublin City University, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Tubingen in Germany, and Visiting Professor at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He received a Distinguished Scholar award from the ISA Peace Studies Section in 2019. He has taught, given lectures and talks, and researched all over the world. His research has been funded by the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, The European Union, the Carnegie Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Global Challenges Research Fund, The Nuffield Trust, and the UN University in Tokyo, among others. His publications include The Grand Design: The Evolution of the International Peace Architecture (Oxford University Press, 2022), Peace Formation and Political Order in Conflict Affected Societies (Oxford University Press, 2016), and Failed Statebuilding (Yale University Press, 2014). He is co-editor of the Palgrave book series, Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies, and co-editor of the Journal, Peacebuilding.

Atividade no âmbito do projeto «REPLAY - As abordagens à paz e a (re)produção da violência em Moçambique», financiado pela Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (EXPL/CPO-CPO/1615/2021)