The Limits of Hybridity and the Crisis of Liberal Peace

Review of International Studies 41(1): pp 49 – 72

28 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2016

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Suthaharan Nadarajah

SOAS, University of London

David Rampton

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Date Written: February 18, 2014

Abstract

Hybridity has emerged recently as a key response in IR and peace studies to the crisis of liberal peace. Attributing the failures of liberal peacebuilding to a lack of legitimacy deriving from uncompromising efforts to impose a rigid market democratic state model on diverse populations emerging from conflict, the hybrid peace approach locates the possibility of a ‘radical’, post-liberal and emancipatory peace in the agency of the local and the everyday and ‘hybrid’ formations of international/liberal and local/non-liberal institutions, practices and values. However, this article argues, hybrid peace, emerging as an attempt to resolve a problem of difference and alterity specific to the context in which the crisis of liberal peacebuilding manifests, is a problem-solving tool for the encompassment and folding into globalising liberal order of cultural, political and social orders perceived as radically different and obstructionist to its expansion. Deployed at the very point this expansion is beset by resistance and crisis, hybrid peace reproduces the liberal peace’s logics of inclusion and exclusion, and through a reconfiguration of the international interface with resistant ‘local’ orders, intensifies the governmental and biopolitical reach of liberal peace for their containment, transformation and assimilation.

Keywords: hybridity, liberalism, nationalism, liberal peace, peace building, Sri Lanka,

JEL Classification: F5

Suggested Citation

Nadarajah, Suthaharan and Rampton, David, The Limits of Hybridity and the Crisis of Liberal Peace (February 18, 2014). Review of International Studies 41(1): pp 49 – 72, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2842296

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