Efforts to build sustainable peace in societies devastated by conflict cannot succeed without establishing the rule of law. Over the past decade, much of the international community’s investment in post-conflict peacebuilding has been focused on Afghanistan and Iraq. Despite differences in the nature of the external interventions, and the levels of institutional development in both countries, peacebuilders faced many similar challenges.

This report Promoting the Rule of Law in Peacebuilding: Lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq, commissioned by The Hague Institute for Global Justice, is a comparative study of rule of law efforts within the context of peacebuilding in both countries in the past decade. It elucidates the challenges international and local actors faced in Afghanistan and Iraq. It analyzes practical issues confronted by peacebuilders in the field, as well as the complementary and sometimes contradictory ways in which rule of law activities interacted with wider governance and stabilization efforts.

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