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.

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.

Mapping federalism in Nepal

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

Deepak Thapa charts the progression of the federal agenda in Nepal through a series of bespoke maps. A combination of cartography and chronology provides insights into Nepal’s changing political landscape, and how various interest groups have shaped the evolution of the federal restructuring up to the present day.

Federal discourse

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

The 2015 Constitution affirmed Nepal’s commitment to federalism. But, as Krishna Khanal stresses, the failure to uphold the interests of especially Madhesi communities in relation to the federal configuration leaves many questions unanswered. Federalism is seen as the main vehicle to reconfigure the Nepali polity and has been especially divisive.