Accord - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent (policy brief)

Apr 2014
This 6-page policy brief summarises the findings of Accord 25 - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent. It argues that a legitimacy lens should be applied to peace processes by paying attention to priorities of context, consent and change.

BBC World News interview: historic peace deal signed in the Philippines

Emma Leslie, Philippines Programme Associate, talks to BBC World News about the recent signing of the Comprehensive Agreement of the Bangsamoro between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and discusses the importance of effective implementation for the sustainability of the peace agreement.

Reconciliation, reform and resilience: Positive peace for Lebanon (Accord 24) - English version

Jul 2012
Cover of Accord issue 24
Lebanon’s model of post-war power sharing and liberal economic growth has been widely praised. But it has failed to deliver for most Lebanese. Repeated outbreaks of political violence since the 1989 Taif Peace Agreement, and today fear of spillover from insecurity in Syria, show that a fundamentally different approach is needed to transform negative and precarious stability in Lebanon into positive and resilient peace.

Can the London conference on Somalia get it right?

Can the London conference on Somalia succeed this time where others have failed? After a year in which large swathes of Somalia have been hit by famine and continued war, and international militarisation has markedly increased, the UK government’s initiative to host an international conference on Somalia on 23 February is welcome. But lessons must be learnt from past mistakes. Ahead of the conference, Mark Bradbury makes the case that support should be given to local Somali-led solutions that promote legitimacy and participation.

Moving beyond nationalism: a new vision for peace in South Asia

Surely now is the time to change the ongoing saga of India-Pakistan relations, moving beyond national identities with a view to building peace?

Pakistan and India celebrate 70 years of independence next week. That also means 70 years of hostility and conflict between the two states over the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir – divided by the Line of Control into Indian-administered and Pakistan-administered territories. Tensions and unresolved grievances around these historic disputes continue to feed wider regional instability.

Community peacebuilders call for calm during and after Kenyan elections

Ahead of local and national elections taking place in Kenya this week, local peacebuilders have been calling for calm in the northern county of Garissa, a region identified as a potential hotspot for post-election violence.

Backlash against inclusion

Two steps forward, one step back: the Nepal peace process
Mar 2017

Shradha Gale explains that backlash against inclusion that has gathered momentum as the peace process has progressed.

Secularism and statebuilding in Nepal

Two steps forward, one step back: the Nepal peace process
Mar 2017

Chiara Letizia explores the role that secularism has played in Nepal’s peace process, and its status in the 2015 Constitution. Secularism has come to be associated with emancipation for many marginalised communities, as Hinduism central role in Nepal’s national identity was tied to the continued dominance of established elites.

Local governance and inclusive peace in Nepal

Two steps forward, one step back: the Nepal peace process
Mar 2017

Strong and inclusive local governance is a vital building block for countries in post-conflict transition. Yet, as Bandita Sijapati argues, these structures have been both neglected and instrumentalised in the post-conflict Nepal.

Decline and fall of the monarchy

Two steps forward, one step back: the Nepal peace process
Mar 2017

Gagan Thapa traces the decline and fall of the monarchy in Nepal. As the Maoists war progressed the monarchy became increasingly assertive and autocratic in the political sphere.