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.

Faith Divided: Spirituality Caught in Conflict

This film, directed by two filmmakers from either side of the Line of Control in Kashmir, provides an emotive illustration of how conflict has prevented Kashmiris across different faiths from visiting their places of worship.

Shujaat Bukhari, editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir

We are deeply saddened to hear about the sudden passing of long-term partner and friend Shujaat Bukhari. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Film: Incremental peace in Afghanistan

A radical new approach is needed in Afghanistan to build peace step-by-step. In this film, Accord editors Anna Larson and Alexander Ramsbotham, and Accord adviser Michael Semple, discuss what you can expect from the publication.

Afghanistan experts pitch radical new approach for peace

Taliban leaders, Afghan government representatives, and national and international experts have contributed to a new Accord publication, examining the prospects for peace in the country and how this could be achieved.

Accord - Incremental peace in Afghanistan

Jun 2018
A radical new approach is needed in Afghanistan to build peace step-by-step. There needs to be a move beyond peace rhetoric, through a progressive, step-by-step process towards a political settlement which builds stability, confidence and legitimacy over time. The short-term objective should be a reduction in violence. The long-term objective should be to achieve a more inclusive peace process that is representative of, and endorsed by, Afghan society as a whole. In this Accord, contributors including Afghan and international men and women from academia, the military, government, armed opposition and civil society, examine the prospects for peace in the country, and how this could be achieved. This report is an output of the Political Settlements Research Programme.

Annual Report 2017

May 2018

Read this annual review of our work in 2017. Highlights include: establishing a network of peace platforms in northeast Nigeria to engage youth, strengthening the abilities of indigenous women in Colombia to monitor implementation of the peace agreement, and building relationships between civil society and the military in DRC.

Securing the property rights of Kashmir's 'half-widows'

Over the past three decades, an estimated 8,000 men have disappeared but are not yet declared deceased in the Jammu and Kashmir region as a result of the conflict.

Cross-LoC meeting of businesspersons from Jammu and Kashmir

A three-day meeting of representatives of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Jammu, Kashmir and Azad Jammu & Kashmir; and prominent business leaders, Line of Control (LoC) traders and women entrepreneurs from the regions was convened by Conciliation Resources in Bangkok from 25 - 27 January. This meeting built on previous meetings that have been convened in the past.

Youth aspirations for peace and security

Jan 2018
Youth aspirations for peace and security
In December 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. The resolution was the first to recognise the important role young people can play in preventing conflicts, and sustaining peace. Conciliation Resources was invited by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to contribute to the Progress Report on UNSCR 2250. Between July and September 2017, we conducted participatory research with 494 young people living in Afghanistan, Jammu and Kashmir, South Sudan, the Georgian-Abkhaz context, and among youth of the Ogaden diaspora living in the United Kingdom.