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The Missing Link Revisited: Peace building from integration to impact in post-conflict Liberia

Holmgren, Erik LU (2009) STVM11 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract
In contemporary conflict environments, security and development are inextricably linked. This has spawned the development of the comprehensive approach to peace support operations. But there is a deficit of studies validating that integration and coherence will lead to positive outcomes and higher degrees of effectiveness. There is also a gap between strategic planning and operative implementation.
The aims of this thesis are to develop an analytical framework for monitoring and evaluation and test it in a case study to investigate the role of integration, coherence and cooperation in the production of positive outcomes. Based on the method of process-tracing, an interactive perspective on structure and agency and theories on the civil –... (More)
In contemporary conflict environments, security and development are inextricably linked. This has spawned the development of the comprehensive approach to peace support operations. But there is a deficit of studies validating that integration and coherence will lead to positive outcomes and higher degrees of effectiveness. There is also a gap between strategic planning and operative implementation.
The aims of this thesis are to develop an analytical framework for monitoring and evaluation and test it in a case study to investigate the role of integration, coherence and cooperation in the production of positive outcomes. Based on the method of process-tracing, an interactive perspective on structure and agency and theories on the civil – military dilemma, a reflexive analytical framework is developed to analyse the UN mission in Liberia in the transition period from 2003 – 2006. Based on the analytical model the case is divided into three phases and analysed accordingly.
The conclusions are that cooperation enabled by integrated structures is a primary driver producing positive outcomes in the operational setting, while lack of strategic coherence hampers the transition to long-term positive outcomes.
The analytical framework is a useful tool for monitoring, but needs to be complemented with evaluation tools. (Less)
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author
Holmgren, Erik LU
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organization
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STVM11 20091
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Comprehensive intervention, UN, Liberia, Process-tracing, Peace-building
language
English
id
1405463
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2009-06-23 09:26:34
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  abstract     = {In contemporary conflict environments, security and development are inextricably linked. This has spawned the development of the comprehensive approach to peace support operations. But there is a deficit of studies validating that integration and coherence will lead to positive outcomes and higher degrees of effectiveness. There is also a gap between strategic planning and operative implementation. 
The aims of this thesis are to develop an analytical framework for monitoring and evaluation and test it in a case study to investigate the role of integration, coherence and cooperation in the production of positive outcomes. Based on the method of process-tracing, an interactive perspective on structure and agency and theories on the civil – military dilemma, a reflexive analytical framework is developed to analyse the UN mission in Liberia in the transition period from 2003 – 2006. Based on the analytical model the case is divided into three phases and analysed accordingly.
 The conclusions are that cooperation enabled by integrated structures is a primary driver producing positive outcomes in the operational setting, while lack of strategic coherence hampers the transition to long-term positive outcomes.
The analytical framework is a useful tool for monitoring, but needs to be complemented with evaluation tools.},
  author       = {Holmgren, Erik},
  keyword      = {Comprehensive intervention,UN,Liberia,Process-tracing,Peace-building},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Missing Link Revisited: Peace building from integration to impact in post-conflict Liberia},
  year         = {2009},
}