Youth and sustainable peacebuilding

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Helen Berents
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Catherine Bolten
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This book examines the ways in which youth have been characterised by states, how they institutionally ‘participate’ in peacebuilding, and how they have generated peacebuilding processes outside of official systems of power. A comprehensive look at youth and peacebuilding is critical because this moment in world politics marks the institutionalisation of the United Nations’ Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda. The contributions to the volume explore the significance of YPS and analyse important issues of sustainable peacebuilding through a youth lens. They draw on a variety of case studies and examples, including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, North America, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, South Africa, Timor-Leste and various countries in the Asia-Pacific. The volume bridges between attention to youth in the Global South and the Global North, challenging construction of the Other to be securitised and have peace built upon them. Concerns that are highlighted throughout the book include: Whose security and peace does YPS promote? Security for youth or security from them? Does an ‘inclusion’ agenda solve these problems of securitisation, or does it create new problems? In what ways are youth building peace outside of both institutional discourses of inclusion and narratives of securitisation? The volume assembles a unique cohort of leading scholars of youth and peacebuilding, the next generation of emerging field experts, young activists and those critical of and those intimately involved in shaping the YPS agenda. Throughout, our volume emphasises a critical approach to peacebuilding with, for and by youth.

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