Accord - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent (policy brief)

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.

BBC World News interview: historic peace deal signed in the Philippines

Emma Leslie, Philippines Programme Associate, talks to BBC World News about the recent signing of the Comprehensive Agreement of the Bangsamoro between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and discusses the importance of effective implementation for the sustainability of the peace agreement.

Reconciliation, reform and resilience: Positive peace for Lebanon (Accord 24) - English version

Jul 2012
Cover of Accord issue 24
Lebanon’s model of post-war power sharing and liberal economic growth has been widely praised. But it has failed to deliver for most Lebanese. Repeated outbreaks of political violence since the 1989 Taif Peace Agreement, and today fear of spillover from insecurity in Syria, show that a fundamentally different approach is needed to transform negative and precarious stability in Lebanon into positive and resilient peace.

Can the London conference on Somalia get it right?

Can the London conference on Somalia succeed this time where others have failed? After a year in which large swathes of Somalia have been hit by famine and continued war, and international militarisation has markedly increased, the UK government’s initiative to host an international conference on Somalia on 23 February is welcome. But lessons must be learnt from past mistakes. Ahead of the conference, Mark Bradbury makes the case that support should be given to local Somali-led solutions that promote legitimacy and participation.

Colombian diaspora in the peace process

Navigating inclusion in peace processes
Mar 2019
Helga Flamtermesky, Dorys Ardila and Javier Charry explore the challenges of promoting participation for Colombian citizens living abroad.

Negotiating inclusive peace in Colombia

Navigating inclusion in peace processes
Mar 2019
Introducing the Colombia study in this publication, Herbolzheimer provides a succinct summary of the peace process, explaining how it has developed new mechanisms for participation.

Complexity thinking and adaptive peacebuilding

Navigating inclusion in peace processes
Mar 2019
Cedric de Coning explores how complexity thinking can contribute to our understanding of how to create more inclusive peace processes, and how adaptive approaches enable local and external peacebuilders to apply new models of practice, experimentation and learning.

Film: Community engagement in the Philippines

In the predominantly Muslim region of Western Mindanao in the Philippines, we are working with communities to resolve local conflicts, and strengthen relationships between them and local authorities.

Views on conflict, peace, democracy and political reform in Afghanistan

Incremental Peace in Afghanistan
Jun 2018
What institutional changes are needed to establish sustainable peace in Afghanistan, and how might such changes be achieved?
In conversation with Accord, former speaker of parliament Younus Qanooni outlines his perspectives on the causes of violence in Afghanistan, priorities for dialogue to negotiate potential ways forward, challenges of sequen