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Title:Illiberal peacebuilding in Angola
Author:Soares de Oliveira, RicardoISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:Angola
political economy
international relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/23018923
Abstract:Angola's oil-fuelled reconstruction since the end of the civil war in 2002 is a world away from the mainstream liberal peacebuilding approach that Western donors have promoted and run since the end of the Cold War. The Angolan case is a pivotal example of what can be termed 'illiberal peacebuilding', a process of postwar reconstruction managed by local elites in defiance of liberal peace precepts on civil liberties, the rule of law, the expansion of economic freedoms and poverty alleviation. The first section of this article focuses on the developmental vision and policy priorities of the MPLA government and discusses the elite's goal of partly restructuring the political economy in a manner that perpetuates their grip. The second section examines the government's foreign relations during the reconstruction period, with emphasis on its strategy of co-opting international critics, a process which has been remarkably successful. The final section teases out a number of Angolan lessons for broader discussions of illiberal peacebuilding. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]