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.

Radio for peace in South Sudan: Viola

Viola is from Yambio County, South Sudan. Four months ago, she started volunteering with the Self-Help Women Development Association (SHWDA), which works in five counties affected by the Lords Resistance Army.

Helping young people find paths away from violence: Albert Atama

Albert Atama lives in Aru, a territory in Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bordering Uganda and South Sudan. The region has long been affected by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), which moves between the porous borders of the three countries.

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

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. Home to over one fifth of the world’s population, the human and developmental consequences of protracted conflict in South Asia are immens

Rethinking security

Sep 2016
Rethinking Security Discussion Paper
Conciliation Resources participates in the Ammerdown Group, which brings together a range of organisations and academics seeking a new vision of our common security.

Rethinking Security: a new vision for peace

Today sees the launch at the House of Lords of a discussion paper by the Ammerdown Group of which Conciliation Resources is a member. Rethinking Security explores the security strategies of Western States, in particular the UK, and proposes principles for a more effective approach to security; one which works in the common interest.

Submission to the UK Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015

Oct 2015

Conciliation Resources' submission to the UK government to influence its Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), which identifies the threats facing UK national security and the means by which the government will respond to these.

Syria - Civilian interaction with armed groups in the Syrian conflict

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015

A case study examining the effectiveness of community-based initiatives to engage in dialogue with armed groups in rebel-controlled Syria, a fluid environment with high levels of insecurity and violence. Wisam Elhamoui and Sinan al‑Hawat describe how a number of communities living in these areas have organised informally to facilitate relief operations and broader social welfare.

Northern Ireland - From punishment to restorative justice in Northern Ireland

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015

Brian Gormally reflects on efforts of civil society activists in Northern Ireland to promote alternative approaches to punishment violence within the IRA.

Colombia - De‑mining in Micoahumado: from civil resistance to local negotiation with the ELN

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015

Mauricio García-Durán and Fernando Sarmiento Santander explore an initiative by the population of Micoahumado in southern Bolivar, one of the most disputed zones in the Colombian conflict. The article identifies how the community was able to convince the ELN to unilaterally de-mine the main arteries connecting the village of Micoahumado in a territory under de facto ELN control.