Category Archive: Opinion

A New Approach or a Return to the Status Quo?

The Northern Ireland Assembly has reopened after a three-year collapse, but is this a new beginning? Dr Kevin McNicholl (PSRP Postdoctoral Fellow) examines the thorny issues at the heart of power-sharing in Northern Ireland, and what this means for the future.

"No condition is permanent" - graffiti in Yei, South Sudan

The South Sudanese Peace Agreement and the Issue of States

With peace negotiations in South Sudan currently stalled, Dr Jan Pospisil examines the states question – the number of regional states South Sudan should contain and their territorial delineation.

Yemen’s ‘Handshake moment’: What other peace processes can tell us about the Riyadh Agreement

Robert Forster examines what other peace processes can tell us about the provisions of the Riyadh Agreement, signed on 5 November 2019 between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council.

Sudan’s Interim Constitutional Arrangement: The Risk of Sharing a Non-Existent Cake

Dr Jan Pospisil analyses Sudan’s transitional power-sharing framework as the process of forming a government continues.

Multi-Donor Trust Funds and Peace Agreements

Dr Sean Molloy introduces his new report for the PSRP, Peace Agreements and Trust Funds, and examines how trust funds can form a crucial part of the success or failure of a peace process.

Interstate Agreements to End Intrastate Conflict  

Dr Kathryn Nash introduces her research on the role of interstate agreements in ending intrastate conflict, and asks when, where, how and why are these agreements used, and whether they are effective in addressing all elements of intrastate conflict.