The Power of Identity in Hybrid Peacebuilding: Buddhist Monks in Post-Conflict Cambodia

Sophie Shiori Umeyama, Will Brehm

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This chapter connects the concept of identity to mid-space actors involved in hybrid peacebuilding. The power of identity draws attention to the process of framing and othering as important factors contributing to successful bridge-building across diverse actors during hybrid peacebuilding. Buddhist monks in post-conflict Cambodia are exemplar. How and why monks both succeeded and failed in their role as bridge-builders will be evaluated. Identity frames and networks of mid-space actors predisposes them to excel in particular fields and fail in others. The concept of identity is therefore an important way to explain why and how a mid-space actor may transform from being a bridge-builder into a spoiler during the process of hybrid peacebuilding.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOperationalisation of Hybrid Peacbuilding in Asia: From Theory to Practice
EditorsYuji Uesugi, Anna Deekeling, Sophie Shiori Umeyama, Lawrence McDonald-Colbert
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030677589
ISBN (Print)9783030677572
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSecurity, Development and Human Rights in East Asia


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