Category Archive: PA-X

Shared Education in Peace Agreements

Shared Education in Peace Agreements Citation: Download PA-X report. This Spotlight asks How do peace agreements provide for national belonging and unity through education curricula and unified history textbooks? About: The PA-X Spotlight Series addresses questions regarding comparative peace processes, asked by those seeking to influence peace and transition processes. Each Spotlight provides brief comparative […]

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Peace in Political Unsettlement: Beyond Solving Conflict

Peace in Political Unsettlement: Beyond Solving Conflict Citation: Get the book Summary: International peacebuilding has reached an impasse. Its lofty ambitions have resulted in at best middling success, punctuated by moments of outright failure. The discrediting of the term ‘liberal peacebuilding’ has seen it evolve to respond to the numerous critiques. Notions such as ‘inclusive peace’ […]

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Military Power- Sharing and Inclusion in Peace Processes

Military Power- Sharing and Inclusion in Peace Processes Citation: Download PA-X report. Military power-sharing is an effective tool for ending violence. Military power-sharing arrangements focus on the inclusion of groups key to the conflict, but in doing so can create perverse incentives to smaller groups outside of the main peace agreement consensus to assert their […]

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PA-X Timeline Progress

This blog was first published 17 August 2018 on the dedicated PA-X Visualization website. This is the second post in a series of blogs about data visualizations of PA-X, a database of peace agreements created by the Political Settlements Research Programme at the University of Edinburgh. With the PA-X timeline nearly complete, I’ve decided to […]

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Political Power-sharing and Inclusion: Peace and Transition Processes

Political Power-sharing and Inclusion: Peace and Transition Processes Citation: Download PA-X report. Summary: This report sets out how peace negotiations and peace agreements formalize political power-sharing arrangements, using data from the PA-X database (www.peaceagreements.org). In particular, it aims to consider the tensions between the inclusion of political and military elites in the new dispensation and […]

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Building States while Building Peace? Statebuilding and Security Sector Reform in Peace Agreements

Building States while Building Peace? Statebuilding and Security Sector Reform in Peace Agreements Citation:  Download PA-X report. Summary: This report uses ten variables coded in PA-X as proxies for the intended strength of statebuilding in peace agreements. These are references to political institutions, constitution’s affirmation, constitutional reform, elections, electoral commission, political parties reform, civil society, public […]

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Quick Guide to Ceasefire Arrangements

Quick Guide to Ceasefire Arrangements Citation: Download paper. Summary: This rapid reaction paper is the result of a survey of ceasefire provisions in 266 ceasefire agreements listed on the Peace Agreement Access Tool (PA-X) database. The note includes core aspects to be included in a ceasefire agreement intended as a quick reference for policy-makers, academics […]

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Unsettling Bargains? Power-sharing and the Inclusion of Women in Peace Negotiations

Unsettling Bargains? Power-sharing and the Inclusion of Women in Peace Negotiations Citation:  Download the report in English, Arabic, French or Spanish. Policy points: • There is work on the processes by which power-sharing arrangements can exclude notably women but little systematic research on the relationship. The report’s 14 recommendations include: • Women and gender perspectives should […]

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Success and Failure of Political Settlements: Defining and Measuring Transformation

Success and Failure of Political Settlements: Defining and Measuring Transformation Citation:  Download the working paper and executive summary. Key points: • Analysis of transformation through political settlement lens can be useful to probe impact of political settlements in particular peace agreements on development outcomes • Measuring transformation through state capacity indicators Abstract: This discussion paper […]

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Update: Measuring Political Settlements

On September 3, 2015, the PRSP team held a round table discussion on “Conceptualising and Measuring the Success and Failure of Political Settlements: Constitutions and Peace Agreements.” A small but fascinating group of scholars from various disciplines gathered – all of them researching a similar question in their respective fields: how do you measure failure […]

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