Resources

Afghanistan - Local governance, national reconciliation and community reintegration

Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent
Apr 2014

Karim Merchant and Ghulam Rasoul Rasouli analyse attempts in Afghanistan to use Community Development Councils (CDCs) to roll out a national reintegration programme for ex-combatants at the local level. The CDCs’ main function is to implement the National Solidarity Program (NSP), established in 2003 as “the largest people’s project in the history of Afghanistan”.

La sécurité dans les communautés frontalières de la région de l’Union du fleuve Mano

Aug 2013

La manière dont les relations ethniques, culturelles et sociales s'étendent à travers les frontières nationales fait partie de la richesse de la région du fleuve Mano, mais elle a également contribué à l'expérience complexe et conflictuelle de la région ces deux dernières décennies.

Cette publication de recherche, crée en partenariat avec les ONG locales et les communautés frontalières des pays du fleuve Mano, a pour but de sensibiliser le public aux questions liées à l'insécurité communautaire aux frontières et aux moyens d'améliorer les politiques.

Film screening at SOAS: Memories Without Borders

Mar 2013
Join us at SOAS on Friday 22 March 2013 for a film screening of Memories Without Borders, a documentary film made by Turkish, Armenian and Azerbaijani filmmakers.

Case study: Somalia

Accord Insight: Women building peace
Mar 2013
As part of a set of case studies shedding light on the role of women in peacebuilding, Faiza Jama's article is taken from Accord issue 21 (2010), focusing on Somalia.

Lebanon: a fate beyond its control? (Open Security)

Sep 2012
With violence in Syria making the headlines, Zahbia Yousuf and Marie-Joelle Zahar examine to what extent Lebanon can be responsible for its own fate, plus who's working to build peace, and how.

Armenia and Azerbaijan: what can societies do when political judgement errs?

Sep 2012

Following his conviction for a brutal murder in 2004, Ramil Safarov's presidential pardon is a new low-point for those working towards a peaceful resolution of Armenia and Azerbaijan's conflict over Nagorny Karabakh. Laurence Broers analyses the impact of this case and looks at how projects like Dialogue Through Film must try and rebuild the trust that has unraveled.

Армения и Азербайджан: что могут делать сами общества в ситуации, когда политики допускают серьезные промахи?

Sep 2012
Недавнее помилование президентом Азербайджана Рамиля Сафарова, осужденного за убийство в 2004 году, является новым ударом для всех, кто работает на дело мирного урегулирования армяно-азербайджанского конфликта вокруг Нагорного Карабаха. Лоренс Броерс анализирует значимость дела Сафарова и рассуждает о том, могут ли и как такие проекты, как “Кинодиалоги”, помочь восстановлению утраченного доверия.

Reconciliation, reform and resilience: Positive peace for Lebanon (Accord 24) - English 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.

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.

Dealing with Lebanon's past: remembering, reconciliation, art and activism

Positive peace for Lebanon: reconciliation, reform and resilience
Jul 2012
Sune Haugbølle reviews Lebanese efforts to pursue reconciliation and deal with the past. He explores issues of memory and remembering: Lebanon’s ‘state-sponsored amnesia’ over the war years; and the role of culture and of civil society in documenting and discussing them. Haugbolle considers options to integrate civil and national reconciliation initiatives and to involve political elites, as well as the potential of rural and traditional conflict resolution structures to engage grassroots in national reconciliation processes.

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