Resources

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.

West African blood diamonds recognise no borders

Paix sans frontières: building peace across borders
Jan 2011
In West Africa, diamonds were valuable assets in the regional conflict system, funding Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels in Sierra Leone, and sustaining Charles Taylor’s grip on power in neighbouring Liberia. Alex Vines describes how regulating the ‘blood diamond’ trade through the Kimberley certification scheme has helped to de-link it from a regional war economy. The system is far from perfect, but the industry is in better shape than in the late 1990s.

Paix sans frontières: building peace across borders

Jan 2011
War does not respect political or territorial boundaries. This twenty-second Accord publication looks at how peacebuilding strategies and capacity can ‘think outside the state’: beyond it, through regional engagement, and below it, through cross-border community or trade networks. Edited by Alexander Ramsbotham and I William Zartman, Paix sans frontières: building peace across borders includes 20 case studies from Asia, Europe and the Caucasus, to East, Central and West Africa, Central America and the Middle East. Articles also explore cross-border peacebuilding from global, systems analysis and legal perspectives, and focus on themes ranging from politics, governance and security, social and community relations, and trade and natural resources.

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.

Expert seminar: Engagement with non-state armed groups in peace processes

Sep 2010
Engagement with non-state armed groups is a difficult task but is essential for sustainable peace. This report by GTZ and others shares some expert thinking on the subject.

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.

Renegotiating the political settlement in war-to-peace transitions

Mar 2009
A conflict can also be an opportunity to make essential changes. Catherine Barnes of Conciliation Resources examines the importance of the political settlement in war-to-peace transitions.

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.

Influencing resolution: External roles in changing the strategic calculus of conflict

Powers of persuasion: Incentives, sanctions and conditionality in peacemaking
Feb 2008
Catherine Barnes and Aaron Griffiths discuss how external actors can support a constructive process leading to a mutually acceptable peace agreement – potentially by going beyond hard bargaining strategies to much broader problem-solving approaches.

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