Simangan, Dahlia. (2019). International Peacebuilding and Local Involvement: A Liberal Renaissance? Oxon and New York: Routledge. Available here.
This book interrogates the common perception that liberal peace is in crisis and explores the question: can the local turn save liberal peacebuilding? Presenting a case for a liberal renaissance in peacebuilding, the work interrogates the assumptions behind the popular perception that liberal peace is in crisis. It re-examines three of the cases that ignited the debate – Cambodia, Kosovo, and Timor-Leste – and evaluates how these transitional administrations implemented their liberal mandates and how local involvement affected the conduct of their activities. In so doing, it reveals that these cases were neither liberal nor peacebuilding. It also demonstrates that while local involvement is imperative to peacebuilding, illiberal local involvement may prelude a return to an elite-centred status quo and reinforces or creates new forms of conflict and violence. Using both liberal and critical lenses, the author ultimately argues that the conceptual and operational departure from the holistic and comprehensive origins of liberal peacebuilding in fact paved the way for the crisis itself.
Drawing on analysis from in-depth field research and interviews, this book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, peacekeeping, statebuilding, security studies and International Relations in general.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
12. Sharifi, Ayyoob, Dahlia Simangan, and Shinji Kaneko (2020) “The Literature Landscape on Peace-Sustainability Nexus: A Scientometric Analysis. Ambio, online first. doi:10.1007/s13280-020-01388-8.
11. Sharifi, Ayyoob, Dahlia Simangan, and Shinji Kaneko (2020) “Three Decades of Research on Climate Change and Peace: A Bibliometrics Analysis.” Sustainability Science, online first. doi:10.1007/s11625-020-00853-3.
10. Simangan, Dahlia (2020) “Where is the Asia Pacific in Mainstream International Relations Scholarship on the Anthropocene?” The Pacific Review, online first. doi:10.1080/09512748.2020.1732452.
8. Simangan, Dahlia (2020) “A Case for a Normative Local Involvement in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding.” International Peacekeeping 27 (1): 77-101. doi:10.1080/13533312.2019.1654380
6. Simangan, Dahlia, and Rebecca Gidley (2019) “Exploring the Link between Mine Action and Transitional Justice in Cambodia.” Global Change, Peace and Security 31 (2): 221-243. doi:10.1080/14781158.2019.1608939.
5. Simangan, Dahlia (2018) “When Hybridity Breeds Contempt: Negative Hybrid Peace in Cambodia.” Third World Quarterly 39 (8): 1525-1542. doi:10.1080/01436597.2018.1438184.
4. Simangan, Dahlia (2018) “Domino Effect of Negative Hybrid Peace in Kosovo’s Peacebuilding.” Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 12 (1): 120-141. doi:10.1080/17502977.2018.1423772.
3. Simangan, Dahlia (2018) “Is the Philippine ‘War on Drugs’ an Act of Genocide?” Journal of Genocide Research 20 (1): 68-89. doi:10.1080/14623528.2017.1379939.
2. Simangan, Dahlia (2017) “A Detour of the Local Turn: Roadblocks in Timor-Leste’s Post-conflict Peacebuilding.” Asian Journal of Peacebuilding 5 (2): 195-221. Available here.
1. Simangan, Dahlia (2017) “The Pitfalls of Local Involvement: Justice and Reconciliation in Cambodia, Kosovo and Timor-Leste.” Peacebuilding 5 (3): 305-319. doi:10.1080/21647259.2016.1273489.
1. Simangan, Dahlia, and Jess Melvin (2019) “Destroy and Kill ‘the Left’”: Duterte on Communist Insurgency in the Philippines with a Reflection on the Case of Suharto’s Indonesia.” Journal of Genocide Research 21 (2): doi:10.1080/14623528.2019.1599515.
2. Dryzek, John S., and Jonathan Pickering. 2019. The Politics of the Anthropocene. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Simangan, Dahlia, and Hannah Barrowman. Human Ecology Review 25, no. 2 (2019): 165-170. Link.
1. Weldemichael, Awet Tewelde. 2013. Third World Colonialism and Strategies of Liberation: Eritrea and East Timor Compared. New York: Cambridge University Press. Simangan, Dahlia. Asian Politics and Policy 7, no. 1 (2015): 159-161, doi: 10.1111/aspp.12168.
3. Simangan, Dahlia. ‘I hope this finds you well’: living in the Anthropocene. International Affairs Blog. Available here:
Excerpt: The coronavirus has shown us the differentiated vulnerabilities of human experiences and the shortcomings of a statist system when addressing borderless threats. Similar events in the Anthropocene will intensify these differences and accelerate the obsolescence of the current status quo. If we want to find ourselves living through the Anthropocene, how we respond to these threats cannot be more of the same.
2. Manantan, Mark, and Simangan, Dahlia. “Japan’s Peacebuilding Prowess: The Case of Marawi City.” The Diplomat, 1 June 2019. Available here.
Excerpt: The Reiwa era ushers in an opportunity for Japan to reflect and refashion its position in regional and international politics — including sensitive areas such as peacebuilding. Marawi City in the Philippines could be the most strategic place to start.
1. Simangan, Dahlia. “Is Marawi City ‘Alive and Booming’ or a ‘Ghost Town’? The Diplomat, 1 May 2019. Available here.
Excerpt: Philippine government officials were quick to negate the Washington Post report describing Marawi City as a “ghost town” more than a year after the 2017 Marawi Siege. Eduardo del Rosario, chairman of Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), a government interagency created to facilitate the rebuilding process, said that the report is false because the city is now “alive and booming.” I went to Marawi City in March 2019 to see which of these contrasting narratives is closer to the truth.