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.

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.

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

Jul 2012

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.

A look back - The Accord series on addressing the legacies of violence

Making peace with the past: transforming broken relationships
Sep 2016

Previous issues of the Accord series have documented reconciliation in peace processes. 'A look back' provides summaries of articles highlighting some of the synergies and tensions between official and unofficial efforts to address legacies of violence. Full articles are available on the Conciliation Resources website: www.c-r.org/accord

Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

Feb 2016
Final publication from the Capacities for Peace Project. Effective local action: from early warning to peacebuilding

This report captures the main experiences and findings of the Capacities for Peace project. Implemented by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld, the project worked with local actors to enhance the effectiveness of early warning and early action in 32 conflict-affected countries.

Lebanon: local capacities for peace

Sep 2015

The effects of protracted conflict in Syria have been keenly felt in Lebanon, host to over one million Syrian refugees. Tensions between host communities and refugees have increased, with a spate of attacks recorded. Municipalities and civil society at the frontline of efforts to respond must be strengthened in their efforts to prevent violence in their localities.

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.

Expert analysis: between fighting and talking

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

Governments and the international community remain reluctant to allow space for dialogue with non-state armed groups and have a limited understanding of how to reach and influence them constructively. Yet whilst international policy remains ambiguous, local populations living alongside armed groups may already be in contact.

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups

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

Zahbia Yousuf introduces the publication's three in-depth case studies from Colombia, northern Uganda and Syria, as well as a shorter reflection from Northern Ireland.

Foreword

In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015
Michael Semple introduces the publication and affirms that formal peacemaking can learn much from the experiences of local communities' engagement with armed groups.