After the Millennium Development goals were reached, on paper at least, in 2035 it became clear that the old notion of liberal peace left much to be desired. Policy-makers, through their experience in lengthy, and often rocky, peace processes began to realise that peace came in multiple forms that required a wide range of issues be addressed - fuller representation, broader rights and identities, human needs and security, more responsive institutions - that would reflect the diverse communities that entered into them.
By 2050 it was widely accepted that democracy, justice, legitimacy, and peace were plural - local, transnational and generational - rather than merely western/northern. As a result, peace processes became more attractive to their protagonists and the international architecture of peace began to localise and democratise: there was no alternative and resistance to such transformation was futile.
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Author: Oliver P Richmond