Resources

Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent (Accord 25)

Apr 2014
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.

Policy brief - Legitimacy and peace process: from coercion to consent

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.

Standing united for peace: The EU in coordinated third-party support to peace processes

Dec 2010
How can the European Union best use its unique position to help end armed conflicts? Canan Gündüz of International Alert and Kristian Herbolzheimer of Conciliation Resources explain in this report.

Viewpoint: Ending wars peacefully just got harder

Jun 2010
In this article, Andy Carl of Conciliation Resources explains how and why counter-terrorism laws around the world may be doing more harm than good.

Whose peace is it anyway? connecting Somali and international peacemaking

Feb 2010
Accord 21, Whose peace is it anyway? connecting Somali and international peacemaking, seeks to improve understanding and links between Somalis and international policy and practice. Edited by Mark Bradbury and Sally Healy it contains over 30 articles including interviews with Somali elders and senior diplomats, and contributions from Somali and international peacemaking practitioners, academics, involved parties, civil society and women’s organisations.

Diplomacy in a failed state: international mediation in Somalia

Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking
Feb 2010
Ken Menkhaus critiques six Somali peace conferences to establish why intensive diplomatic interventions have failed to end the Somali crisis.

Mediating Djibouti

Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking
Feb 2010
Meredith Preston McGhie describes the UN mediation in the 2008 peace talks in Djibouti between the Transitional Federal Government and the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia.

Regional engagement in Somalia: a conversation with HE Engineer Mahboub M. Maalim

Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking
Feb 2010
Executive Secretary HE Eng. Mahboub M. Maalim describes why and how IGAD has supported peace and statebuilding in Somalia.

An African solution to Somalia? A conversation with Nicolas Bwakira

Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking
Feb 2010
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia discusses the role that the AU Mission in Somalia is playing in support of Somalia’s transitional government.

Somali peace agreements: fuelling factionalism

Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking
Feb 2010
Warsan Cismaan Saalax and Abdulaziz Ali Ibrahim ‘Xildhiban’ discuss the recurrent dilemma of how to determine legitimate and authoritative representation in formal peace talks and in government.

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