The proliferation of reconciliation practices and the rise of a global reconciliation coalition
in Discourse, normative change and the quest for reconciliation in global politics
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Chapter 4 sets out to demonstrate how the global proliferation of the reconciliation discourse not only manifests itself in the spread of the reconciliation language but also in the simultaneous diffusion of a set of reconciliation practices and practitioners in global politics. The chapter argues that from the late 1990s onwards, the truth commission emerged as a standard and increasingly standardized technology of post-conflict peacebuilding and ‘reconciliation through truth-telling’ was increasingly brought to and adopted by countries transiting from war to peace. This development was co-constitutive with the appearance of new agents in global politics, as social actors could emerge as advocates and experts of reconciliation in global politics and carry out political activities in the name of reconciliation. Chapter 4 discusses some of the members of this ‘global reconciliation coalition’ as well as their activities, and shows how the practices and interventions of this expert force were crucial for the further articulation of the reconciliation discourse on the global level and for its proliferation to new local settings.

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