Borderlands and peacebuilding

Borderlands are geographic regions that straddle an international border. They frequently become central to wartime struggles but are often overlooked. This Accord explores how past peace processes have incorporated or neglected borderland regions, and offers a new way of thinking about how peacebuilders and policymakers can respond to conflict in these regions.

Veronika Tesarova Tue, 11/06/2018 - 10:30
Accord - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent (policy brief)
felix Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:24
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.

Policy brief: Pioneering peace pathways

Encouraging conflict parties to engage in dialogue is core to peace promotion. This policy brief, which accompanies Accord 29 ‘Pioneering peace pathways’ suggests three ways to initiate inclusive and sustainable peace processes.

Pioneering peace pathways

What are the ‘essential ingredients’ to foster peace dialogue in violent conflict? Accord 29 reflects on how societies and conflict parties try to move from fighting to talking, and how policymakers and peace practitioners can accompany and support them effectively.

Public participation in peacemaking: Policy brief (Accord Issue 13)
Flora Cassels Tue, 07/07/2020 - 12:07
This policy brief from Conciliation Resources draws on the findings from Accord (issue 13) 'Owning the process: Public participation in peacemaking' and explores how negotiations and peace processes can be more inclusive.
Pathways to peace talks

How to get peace processes off the ground sustainably and inclusively is a vital but comparatively uncharted challenge for peace support. This Accord Spotlight explores priorities for more effective policy and practice.

Emily Deeming Mon, 09/09/2019 - 09:11

A question of sovereignty: The Georgia–Abkhazia peace process


Accord issue 7, A question of sovereignty: The Georgia–Abkhazia peace process, explores the background and issues at the heart of the Georgia–Abkhazia conflict – the Abkhaz demand for sovereignty and why Georgia refuses to grant it. The publication offers an insight into a political stalemate. It flags possible avenues out of the deadlock, including the need for political constituencies on both sides to engage more effectively with the challenge of democratisation and economic cooperation.
Navigating inclusion in peace transitions

Based on analysis of four contexts (Nepal, Nigeria, the Somali Region of Ethiopia (Ogaden) and Colombia) this report explores how inclusion is negotiated in peace processes and associated avenues for resolving conflict and effecting political change. This research examines how change is perceived by those living in conflict-affected contexts, and strategies used by different groups to influence political change.

Emily Deeming Wed, 07/31/2019 - 16:00
Gendered political settlements

Based on analysis of three contexts (Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, Nepal and Colombia) this report explores how gender inclusion – meaningful participation at all levels of decision making, regardless of a person’s gender identity – is negotiated in elite-led peace processes and political settlements in conflict-affected contexts, and how international and national actors can support it effectively.

Emily Deeming Wed, 07/31/2019 - 15:48
Processing peace in Afghanistan

This Accord spotlight summarises discussions from a workshop to explore priorities for peace in Afghanistan. It looks at six key themes; peacemaking in perspective, terminology, inclusion, understanding divisions, re-centring the regional stage and processing peace.

Emily Deeming Wed, 07/31/2019 - 15:38
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