Legitimacy matters for peace. It is the basis of the social and political deals between states and citizens, and local leaders and their communities. Legitimacy transforms coercive power into political authority and is the bedrock of peaceful societies. Looking at 15 country case studies at various stages of conflict, this edition in our Accord series focuses on legitimacy and the practical ways that it can contribute to building more sustainable peace.
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.
This policy brief accompanies Conciliation Resources’ Accord issue 22 'Paix sans frontiers: building peace across borders' and argues that when conflicts cross borders, peacebuilders need to think differently.
Cette synthèse se fonde sur le numéro 22 d’Accord - publication de Conciliation Resources - intitulé «Paix sans frontières: building peace across borders». Elle rappelle que lorsque les conflits traversent les frontières territoriales, les professionnels du domaine de la consolidation de la paix doivent élargir leur réflexion et penser au-delà des frontières.
Third parties experience great challenges when they try to help resolve conflicts. In this report, Clem McCartney of Conciliation Resources presents the discussions of Colombian and Filipino partners on the subject.
Accord issue 16 explores the case for engagement with armed groups and the lessons learned from peacemaking practice. Highlighting both opportunities and challenges, it suggests that the range of engagement options and potential interveners makes a strong case for engagement.
An overview of issues discussed at the panel meeting 'From violence to voting: armed groups and peace processes', which was part of the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security, held in Madrid in March 2005.