Criminalized Power Structures: The Overlooked Enemies of Peace (Peace and Security in the 21st Century)

Criminalized Power Structures: The Overlooked Enemies of Peace (Peace and Security in the 21st Century)

By: Michael Dziedzic (editor)Paperback

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Criminalized power structures (CPS) are illicit networks that profit from transactions in black markets and from criminalized state institutions while perpetuating a culture of impunity. The book articulates a typology for assessing the threats of CPS and for implementing appropriate strategies to achieve sustainable peace effectively and efficiently. The international case studies address interventions undertaken either to support the implementation of a peace agreement (i.e., a peace operation) or to stabilize a country entangled in an internal conflict in the context of a power-sharing agreement among key protagonists (i.e., a stability operation). In each of these cases, at least one of the parties to the agreement was a criminalized power structure that was a leading spoiler. The final chapter identifies strategies that are most effective for each type of CPS, including the ways and means (or tools) required for effective conflict transformation. A companion volume, Combating Criminalized Power Structures: A Toolkit, provides practitioners with the means of coping with the challenges posed by CPS.

About Author

Michael Dziedzic is vice president of Pax Advisory and a retired US Air Force Colonel. He began this project this project while a senior program officer at the US Institute of Peace. Contributors David C. Beer, Dan Bisbee, Carlos Castresana, Michael Dziedzic, Karmen Fields, Carl Forsberg, Jennifer S. Holmes, Laura Mercean, Jana R. Alley Nyerges, Ismail Rashid, Elton Skendaj, Tim Sullivan, Oscar Vera, Phil Williams


Table of Contents Part 1: Introduction Chapter 1: Introduction, Michael Dziedzic Part 2: Irreconcilables Chapter 2: Bosnia: Third Entity Movement, Karmen Fields and Oscar Vera Chapter 3: Guatemala: The Clandestine Security Apparatus, Carlos Castresana Chapter 4: Sierra Leone: The Revolutionary United Front, Ismail Rashid Chapter 5: Haiti: Gangs of Cite Soleil, David Beer Part 3: Violent Opposition, Negotiable Interests Chapter 6: Kosovo: The Kosovo Liberation Army, Michael Dziedzic, Laura Mercean, and Elton Skendaj Chapter 7: DRC: March 23 Movement, Jana Nyerges Chapter 8: Afghanistan: Criminal Patronage Networks, Carl Forsberg and Tim Sullivan Chapter 9: Iraq: Jaish al-Mahdi, Phil Williams and Dan Bisbee Part 4: Supporters of the Peace Process Chapter 10: Colombia: Paramilitaries, Jennifer S. Holmes Chapter 11: Iraq: Iraq: The Rise, Fall and Persistence of the Maliki Regime Dan Bisbee Part 5: Conclusions, Toolkit, and Recommendations Chapter 12: Conclusions, Michael Dziedzic Chapter 13: An Overview of the International Toolkit for Subduing Criminalized Power Structures, Michael Dziedzic Chapter 14: Recommendations, Michael Dziedzic

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  • ISBN13: 9781442266315
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 442
  • ID: 9781442266315
  • weight: 603
  • ISBN10: 1442266317

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