Resources

Accord - Legitimacy and peace processes: 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.

Reflections and recommendations for the UK’s building stability overseas strategy

Mar 2011
The UK government's decision to review its overseas conflicts strategy is a valuable opportunity for constructive change. Conciliation Resources makes some recommendations in this document.

Mediating peace with proscribed armed groups

Jan 2011
What does the European Union need to do to remedy the problems inherent in its present counter-terrorism legislation? This workshop report by Conciliation Resources and Berghof Peace Support explores further.

Impact of counter-terrorism legislation on peace processes and mediation with armed groups

Nov 2010
The balance between UK counter-terrorism and mediation efforts is vital, but has yet to be achieved. This report by Chatham House and Conciliation Resources details discussions on the topic.

Why criminalise dialogue with terrorists?

Jul 2010
Mediators currently risk 15 years in a US prison for engaging with 'terrorist' groups for peacebuilding reasons. Andy Carl and Sophie Haspeslagh of Conciliation Resources explain more in this article.

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.

United States Institute of Peace Special Report: Mediating peace with proscribed armed groups

May 2010
In what circumstances is it appropriate to engage with violent groups? This report by United States Institute of Peace summarises debates between experts, including Conciliation Resources, on the subject.

Submission to Department for International Development white paper consultation: Fragile and conflict-affected countries and international institutional reform

Apr 2009
'Well-designed and resourced external engagement can increase the likelihood of those in conflict making peace". Conciliation Resources' submission to the Department for International Development's consultation explains in more detail.

Powers of persuasion: Incentives, sanctions and conditionality in peacemaking

Feb 2008
Faced with the problem of how to respond to the challenges of intra-state armed conflict, international policymakers often turn to incentives, sanctions and conditionality in the hope that these tools can alter the conflict dynamics and influence the protagonists' behaviour. Drawing on case studies from around the world, Accord issue 19 suggests that while these instruments have in some cases helped tip the balance towards settlement, in many others they been ineffective, incoherent or subsumed into the dynamics of the conflict.

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