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Karin Aggestam

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Disempowerment and marginalisation of peace NGOs: Exposing peace gaps in Israel and Palestine

Author

  • Karin Aggestam
  • Lisa Strömbom

Summary, in English

This article analyses the enabling and restraining conditions of local peace organisations in Israel and Palestine. It utilises the analytical notion of peace gaps to accentuate the interplay between local and elite levels. It also highlights the discrepancies when it comes to expectations of peace, the ability to communicate peace discourses, and the power to influence and build wider domestic peace constituencies. The empirical findings reveal how current vertical and horizontal peace gaps result in the disempowerment and marginalisation of local peace NGOs on both sides. Such a precarious situation hinders broader peace mobilisation and is further exacerbated by widespread political apathy and peace fatigue among Israeli and Palestinian publics. By way of conclusion, the article argues for the need to re-politicise and re-negotiate space for a more agonistic peacebuilding, which allows for differences to co-exist.

Department/s

  • Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies
  • MECW: The Middle East in the Contemporary World
  • Department of Political Science
  • Middle Eastern Studies

Publishing year

2013

Language

English

Pages

109-124

Publication/Series

Peacebuilding

Volume

1

Issue

1

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • peace gaps
  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • peacebuilding
  • NGOs
  • Middle East Peace Process

Status

Published

Project

  • Exploring peace gaps in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Research group

  • Freds- och konfliktforskning
  • Middle East politics

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 2164-7259