The International Peace Architecture, the EU, and the Uncovering of the 'Counter-Peace'

Hosted by the European Institute

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE


Professor Oliver Richmond

Professor Oliver Richmond


Dr Denisa Kostovicova

Dr Denisa Kostovicova

This event will explore the modern development of six stages or layers of what might be call an international peace architecture. This is comprised of a growing range of international, regional, non-governmental, and social actors, including the UN, the EU, and the donor system, which have all played a significant part. It outlines the problematic relationships between the different elements (including regional security complexes, states, institutions, expanded rights  and justice frameworks, and related social movements) of this architecture. This means that the architecture is inherently unstable, facilitating the emergence of an opposed 'counter-peace' framework. Finally, it outlines the implications of the architectures's evolution, highlighting a form of peace related to global justice and sustainability which remains in tension with more pervasive forms of governmentality.

Professor Oliver Richmond is Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester. His primary area of expertise is in peace and conflict theory, and in particular its inter-linkages with IR theory.

Dr Denisa Kostovicova (@DenisaKost) is an Associate Professor in Global Politics at the LSE European Institute.

The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector.

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