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The Interaction Between Local and International Peacebuilding Actors

Partners for Peace


Part of the Rethinking Political Violence book series (RPV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Sara Hellmüller
    Pages 1-29
  3. Sara Hellmüller
    Pages 31-59
  4. Sara Hellmüller
    Pages 61-115
  5. Sara Hellmüller
    Pages 117-173
  6. Sara Hellmüller
    Pages 175-212
  7. Sara Hellmüller
    Pages 213-222
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 223-233

About this book


This volume helps to better understand how the interaction between local and international peacebuilding actors influences the outcomes of their programs. Based on the case study of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this text analyses the inter-subjective relationship between local and international peacebuilding actors over the long term and assesses ways to overcome the obstacles to more cooperative partnerships between them. Focusing on perceptions, the book nuances the definitions of war, peacebuilding and peace and allows for a more comprehensive understanding of conflict contexts. Here, Hellmüller contributes to the literature on peacebuilding effectiveness and makes concrete suggestions for translating these findings into practice.


Local International Peacebuilding Actors Peace Ituri Democratic Republic of Congo Security Sovereignty Local Ownership Colonial Heritage War Mobutu Ethnic Relations Conflict Dynamis Governance Structures Armed Actors Conflict Social Cohesion DDR Programs

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.swisspeaceBernSwitzerland

About the authors

Sara Hellmüller is a Senior Researcher at swisspeace, a peace research institute associated with the University of Basel, Switzerland, and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Montreal, Canada.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Interaction Between Local and International Peacebuilding Actors
  • Book Subtitle Partners for Peace
  • Authors Sara Hellmüller
  • Series Title Rethinking Political Violence
  • Series Abbreviated Title Rethinking Political Violence
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-65300-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87994-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-65301-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 233
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Peace Studies
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Sara Hellmüller’s new book, The Interaction between Local and International Peacebuilding Actors, offers rarely available empirical evidence to examine the local-international interaction in peacebuilding. … I believe this study is most suitable to researchers and postgraduate students in peace and conflict studies who aim to study local peacebuilding in conflict-affected societies. It will also be a useful information source for the people who want to be updated with the social dynamics in contemporary DRC.” (SungYong Lee, H-Net Reviews Humanities and Social Sciences,, August, 2018)​