Peacebuilding in borderlands: a view from the margins
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Insight 4


Zahbia Yousuf draws out  key lessons for peacebuilding policy and practice from the case studies. The article analyses particular risks associated  with peace transitions in borderlands: of aggravating rather  than alleviating violence and exclusion; of contributing to the  fragmentation of local political leadership; and of stimulating negative narratives of borderland communities. She then draws out priorities for peacebuilding in borderlands, stressing  that analysis must capture borderland dynamics, that space for peacebuilding in borderlands needs to be safeguarded, and that peacebuilding needs to create connections – between the centre and the periphery, within borderlands and across borders.