Wars end and the world moves on. Yet the post-war era is fraught with challenges: reconciliation of people who have found themselves on opposing sides, memories and experiences of violence, demands for justice and reparations, reintegration of former combatants, depressed economic growth, destroyed livelihoods and infrastructure, and the need to foster inclusive political processes.
Perhaps the most pivotal challenge, underpinning all the others, is for the post-war authorities to foster trust and confidence in their rule. These authorities may have been a party to the conflict and carry the baggage of war, or other sources of authority may have emerged and prevailed into the post-war period. In fact, a problem facing many post-war states is finding an authority that citizens trust to protect their security.
Drawing on research in different post-war societies, Professor Bakke discusses how people’s experiences of violence and perceptions of the post-war authorities’ state-building efforts shape their trust and confidence in the political order, underscoring that our concern for war-torn states should not end when the shooting stops.
Lecturer: Professor Kristin Bakke, UCL Department of Political Science
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