Local engagement with armed groups: in the midst of violence

May 2015
International policy is ambiguous on whether or not to talk to non-state armed groups. But while states equivocate, local populations may already be in contact. This second Accord Insight looks at how local actors organise to enter into dialogue with armed groups and challenge their use of violence.

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.

Participant reflections: Col Lysander: Colombia visit: Personal thoughts

Dec 2010
Following an exchange between peace practitioners from Colombia and the Philippines, Col Lysander, a Filipino participant, wrote a paper urging the Colombian military to turn its attention to peace.

Alternativas a la guerra: Iniciativas y procesos de paz en Colombia

Feb 2004
Alternativas a la guerra: Iniciativas y procesos de paz en Colombia (Accord N°14, 2004) es una introducción a más de tres décadas de esfuerzos en la construcción de paz. Revela el asombroso trabajo de civiles en las regiones y a nivel nacional, y documenta los principales rasgos y resultados de los procesos formales de paz con las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), El Ejercito de Liberación Nacional (ELN), otros grupos guerrilleros más pequeños, y más recientemente los paramilitares.

Alternatives to war: Colombia’s peace processes

Feb 2004

Alternatives to war: Colombia’s peace processes (Accord issue 14, 2004) is an introduction to more than three decades of peacemaking efforts. It reveals the extraordinary work of civilians at grassroots, regional and national levels, and documents the main features and outcomes of formal peace processes with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), smaller guerrilla groups and more recently the paramilitaries.

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