Post-Conflict Statebuilding

Bosnia & Herzegovina: From Dayton to Europe

Assessing Bosnia & Herzegovina’s two decades of post-conflict reconstruction.  Over the past two decades Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) has emerged from an era of bloody conflict and stagnated into a period of cold peace…

Angola: Post-Conflict Development Miracle or Mirage

Making sense of Angola’s post-civil war recovery. Over the past decade Angola has emerged from a debilitating 27-year civil war into one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. While the physical transformation is stark, some critique that the growth underlying the recovery is merely superficial…

Myanmar: A New Road Map for Reform

Plotting Myanmar’s next steps toward political and economic liberalizations. Myanmar’s emergence from military rule has reached a crucial watershed…

Coexistence & Development: Addressing Fractious Interethnic Relations in Divided Societies

Abstract: From Baltimore to Benghazi; the socio-economic consequences of divided societies reverberate. The social construct of ethnic identity is a powerful force that can be at odds with the creation of effective social capital between ethnic groups. State environments that harbor mistrust, weak mutual understanding and ‘zero-sum’ mindsets, engender fractious interethnic relations in diverse societies. These attitudes act to inhibit economic coordination, catalyze conflict and ultimately impede sustainable development processes. Transforming such behaviors, by developing the state, market and civil society infrastructure, can foster the environment for peaceful coexistence through incentive mechanisms and active peacebuilding processes. Deepening our understanding of these settings offers an opportunity to embrace the benefits, and manage the challenges, of cultural diversity across the world.

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