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.

Background to the Kashmir conflict: challenges and opportunities

Sep 2013

This paper is the first in a series from the Kashmir Initiative Group (KIG), providing a background to the Kashmir context. The paper reflects on the current landscape in the region, identifies internal and external challenges and opportunities, and offers some suggested points of action in response to these. KIG will produce four policy briefs over the next year based on four issues identified in this paper:

Listing terrorists: the impact of proscription on third-party efforts to engage armed groups in peace processes

Apr 2013

'Listing terrorists: the impact of proscription on third-party efforts to engage armed groups in peace processes – a practitioner's perspective'

This article explores the effects of proscription – the act of listing an armed group as a designated terrorist organisation – as an example of how international counterterrorist policy can impact on the possibility for third-party actors to engage with listed armed groups in the context of peace processes.

UN Guidance for Effective Mediation: Moving Forward

Oct 2012

These reflections on the UN Report and Guidance draw on the lessons of Conciliation Resources’ experience in supporting and researching peace processes, in particular the value of greater inclusion and local knowledge.


United Nations Guidance for Effective Mediation

Sep 2012

The United Nations Guidance for Effective Mediation was issued as an annex to the report of the Secretary-General on Strengthening the role of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution (A/66/811, 25 June 2012).

Политика и медиация: Шлайнингский процесс

Jul 2012

В этит статьях авторы описывают шлайнингский процесс: один из немногих процессов неофициальной дипломатии, в рамках которого в течение десяти лет работали над трансформацией конфликта абхазские и грузинские должностные лица, политики и активисты гражданского общества. В этом разделе описан интересный, сложный, нужный, но в то же самое время заключающий в себе целый ряд «реал-политических» препятствий процесс.


Politics and mediation: The Schlaining Process

Jul 2012

In these three chapters the authors describe the Schlaining Process: one of the few processes of unofficial diplomacy, involving work on conflict transformation with both Abkhaz and Georgian officials, politicians and civil society activists over 10 years. This section describes the interesting and complex process, which although essential, came up against a number of “realpolitik” obstacles.


Recommendations for the UN's report on peacebuilding

Jul 2012

Conciliation Resources has submitted reflections and recommendations to the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, which is leading the development of the UN Secretary-General’s Report on Peacebuilding in the Aftermath of Conflict.  

This UN report will update the Secretary’s General’s 2009 and 2010 reports on Peacebuilding in the Immediate Aftermath of Conflict, as well as his 2010 report on Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding, and set a forward vision that addresses evolving and longer-term challenges for peacebuilding.

Policy brief – Reconciliation, reform and resilience: Positive peace for Lebanon

Jul 2012
A fundamentally different approach is needed to transform precarious stability in Lebanon into durable peace. Repeated outbreaks of political violence since the 1989 Taif Peace Accord show that Lebanon’s model of power sharing and liberal economic growth, while widely praised, has in reality failed to deliver a noticeable peace dividend. This 6-page policy brief summarises the findings of Accord 24 and sets out 10 priorities for change.


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