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.

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.

The EU and the Basque conflict: opportunities for engagement?

Paix sans frontières: building peace across borders
Jan 2011
Julen Zabalo and Oier Imaz discuss the Basque conflict from a Basque nationalist perspective. ETA’s ceasefire declaration of September 2010 suggests political transition and perhaps progress on the Basque issue. The authors ask whether the EU’s experiences in Ireland provide any lessons for the Basque case, and question why Brussels has so far failed to engage on the Basque question.

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.

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