Democratic Liberalism is founded on the notion that liberal states or liberal democracies are more peaceful in their national and international relations than the illiberal states. According to this ideology, maintaining log-term peace requires promotion of liberal democratic values i.e. freedom, justice, human rights, free market, and economic liberalization. This Research Paper discusses the implications and consequences of Liberal Peace-Building practices Afghanistan, the paper focuses on understanding of the divergent liberal perspectives on peace-building in Afghanistan and the way such perspectives have been reflected through the peacebuilding interventions of external actors. By analysing the nature of the so-called western liberal peace-building approach in relation to the context of Afghanistan, this paper concludes that, giving more attention to the issues of good governance, gender, human rights, equality, and justice would neither help to bring peace nor would make the foreign intervention more liberal as long as the peace-building policies are designed and implemented by foreigners.

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Keywords Afghanistan, liberal peace, conflicts, deadlock, social contract
Thesis Advisor Hout, Wil
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Series Governance, Policy and Political Economy (GPPE)
Fazly, Hojatullah. (2016, December 16). The deadlock of Afghan peace process. Governance, Policy and Political Economy (GPPE). Retrieved from