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Philipp Lottholz

This chapter surveys and assesses the nascent strand in the intervention and statebuilding literature that approaches the topic from a decolonial point of view. My main argument is that given its opposition to the de facto colonial forms of violence, exclusion and silencing of the late modern capitalist system, a consequently decolonial approach to research or practice would reject most of, if not all contemporary forms of statebuilding and military interventions. That said, given their focus on the historical, normalised and hidden forms of violence and exclusion in the international system, de- and especially post-colonial scholarship has foregrounded enriching analyses of intervention and statebuilding, which have also helped to transcend the self-contradictions and impasse of the debate around critical approaches to peace- and statebuilding. I first identify the critical potentialities for decolonial perspectives in critical and post-colonial approaches in study fields pertaining to statebuilding and intervention and then, based on a brief outline of decolonial theory, show how decolonial approaches effectively seek to transcend the boundaries of intervention and statebuilding policy, practice and research.