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.

Presentation by Celia McKeon at the Public Forum on Armed Groups in Peace Processes

Sep 2005
In these notes from a presentation by Celia McKeon, she emphasises the importance and value of civil society engagement with armed groups.

Choosing to engage: Armed groups and peace processes

May 2005
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.

The struggle against landmines: An opening for peace talks in Colombia

Choosing to engage: Armed groups and peace processes
May 2005
Elisabeth Reusse-Decrey discusses the results of talks on banning landmines between the National Liberation Army and the Colombian government facilitated by Geneva Call, drawing lessons about opening new possibilities for dialogue between belligerents.

Opcinoes de compromiso: Apercamientos con grupos armados en procesos de paz

May 2005
Eligiendo el compromiso: grupos armados y procesos de paz (Accord N°16, 2005) explora casos de compromiso con grupos armados y las lecciones aprendidas para las prácticas de construcción de paz.

From violence to voting: armed groups and peace processes

Mar 2005
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.

Alternatives to war: Colombia’s peace processes

Feb 2004

Alternatives to war: Colombia’s peace processes (Accord issue 14, 2004) is an introduction to more than three decades of peacemaking efforts. It reveals the extraordinary work of civilians at grassroots, regional and national levels, and documents the main features and outcomes of formal peace processes with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), smaller guerrilla groups and more recently the paramilitaries.

Alternatives to war: Colombia’s peace processes: Policy brief

Feb 2004
This policy brief accompanies Conciliation Resources’ Accord (issue 14) 'Alternatives to war: Colombia’s peace processes'. To achieve peace in Colombia, lessons must be learned from past peace initiatives.

Alternativas a la guerra: Iniciativas y procesos de paz en Colombia

Feb 2004
Alternativas a la guerra: Iniciativas y procesos de paz en Colombia (Accord N°14, 2004) es una introducción a más de tres décadas de esfuerzos en la construcción de paz. Revela el asombroso trabajo de civiles en las regiones y a nivel nacional, y documenta los principales rasgos y resultados de los procesos formales de paz con las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), El Ejercito de Liberación Nacional (ELN), otros grupos guerrilleros más pequeños, y más recientemente los paramilitares.

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