Timely interventions: Temporality and peacebuilding

Ryerson B Christie, Gilberto Algar-Faria

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While there has been a long engagement with the impact of time on peacebuilding policies and practice, this engagement has to date focused predominately on issues of short- versus long-term initiatives, and of waning donor support for such initiatives. More recently, the critical peacebuilding turn has focused attention on the politics of the everyday as being essential to emancipatory endeavours enacted through localisation. Yet despite this, time itself has not been the subject of analysis, and the politics of time have not been integrated into the study of peacebuilding. This article, drawing both on historical institutionalist and on critical international studies analyses of temporality, provides a framework for analysing the impacts of time on the potential to achieve emancipatory peace. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Cambodia, this article asserts that a focus on Policy Time, Liberal Political Time, and Intergenerational Time highlights how peacebuilding initiatives are framed by disparate timescapes that limit the visibility of local chronopolitics, and that this in turn restricts local empowerment and resistances.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
JournalEuropean Journal of International Security
Early online date28 Jan 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Jan 2020


  • Peacebuilding
  • temporality
  • cambodia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • capacity building


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