Why Is Liberal Peace-Building so Difficult?
Some Lessons from Central America
This paper addresses Central American peace processes, focusing on their effects on peace, democracy and market economy. It introduces an analytical framework that interrelates the transformation with the impact generated by four processes: repercussions generated by the international system on a country’s society; its historical, cultural and social foundations; the legacies of violence; and the peace building initiatives the country concerned has witnessed. The author finds much path dependency that can explain the deficits of transformation.
© Sabine Kurtenbach