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.

Local governance and peacebuilding: challenges of legitimate representation

Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent
Apr 2014

Ken Menkhaus asks how viable it is to mobilise the legitimacy of local leadership for peace. Legitimate representation is difficult to identify in talks to end violent conflict that can include a proliferation of armed groups, severe social and political fragmentation, or communal or criminal violence.

Brazil - Citizenship, violence and authority in Rio’s favelas

Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent
Apr 2014

Joanna Wheeler explores relationships between citizenship, violence and authority in Rio’s favelas in Brazil. Drug trafficking groups and para-state militias have become dominant actors in the city’s informal settlements.

Event - The Colombian Peace Talks: Lessons from other negotiation processes

Feb 2013
On 13 March 2013, Director of Conciliation Resources’ Colombia programme Kristian Herbolzheimer will be speaking at a public event in London about the Colombian peace talks. Other speakers include Enrique Santos Calderon – member of the Colombian Government Exploratory Negotiation Delegation, Colombian journalist and President Juan Manuel Santos’ brother - and Colombian political analyst and journalist, Claudia López.

Evento - Las conversaciones de paz en Colombia: Lecciones aprendidas de otros procesos de negociación

Feb 2013
El 13 de marzo de 2013, el director del programa de Conciliation Resources en Colombia, Kristian Herbolzheimer, hablará sobre los diálogos de paz y el proceso colombiano en un evento público en Londres. Entre los/as ponentes se encuentran Enrique Santos Calderón, miembro de la Delegación Exploratoria del Gobierno para las Negociaciones- periodista y hermano del presidente colombiano Juan Manuel Santos- y la analista política y periodista Claudia López.

Opportunities for peace in Colombia

Aug 2012
In this interview with Diario 15 (Bucaramanga, Colombia) Kristian Herbolzheimer, Director of Conciliation Resources' Colombia programme, reflects on opportunities for peace in Colombia based on international trends and developments. He suggests the need to acknowledge and build on multiple and parallel paths to peace that can and need to work even in the absence of a formal negotiating table.

Oportunidades para la paz en Colombia

Aug 2012
En esta entrevista con Diario 15 (Bucaramanga, Colombia) Kristian Herbolzheimer, director del programa de Recursos de Conciliación de Colombia ', reflexiona sobre las posibilidades de paz en Colombia con base en las tendencias y acontecimientos internacionales. Él sugiere la necesidad de reconocer y construir caminos múltiples y paralelas a la paz que pueden y tienen que trabajar, incluso en ausencia de una mesa de negociación formal.

Time for a new peace paradigm for Colombia

Nov 2011
The head of the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia is dead — but what does this mean for peace in the country? Kristian Herbolzheimer of Conciliation Resources gives his analysis in this article.

Participant reflections: Ariel Hernandez: The commonalities and differences of the possibilities of peace for Philippines and Colombia

Dec 2010
Following an exchange between peace practitioners from Colombia and the Philippines, Ariel Hernandez, a Filipino participant, compares the two countries' approaches to a selection of peace issues in this paper.


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