'Listing terrorists: the impact of proscription on third-party efforts to engage armed groups in peace processes – a practitioner's perspective'
This article explores the effects of proscription – the act of listing an armed group as a designated terrorist organisation – as an example of how international counterterrorist policy can impact on the possibility for third-party actors to engage with listed armed groups in the context of peace processes.
Though there has been much public discussion of ways and means of dealing with the challenge posed by the presence of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) since the failure of Juba Peace Talks and of Operation Lightning Thunder, there have been few attempts to analyse the political, historical and military dimensions of the problem in a coherent way.
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.