Category Archive: Publication

Political commemoration and peacebuilding in ethno-national settings: the risk and utility of partisan memory

Political commemoration and peacebuilding in ethno-national settings: the risk and utility of partisan memory Citation: Download the journal article. Abstract: This article examines partisan political commemorations and their impact on peacebuilding in ethno-national settings. It considers how commemoration can assume highly partisan, ideological frames working to exacerbate conflict but also argues that partisan forms of […]

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Assessing and Influencing Progress in Peace Processes Workshop Report

Assessing and Influencing Progress in Peace Processes Workshop Report Citation: Download the report. Summary: This report has been produced from the workshop on Assessing and Influencing Progress in Peace Processes held at Barcelona on May 30-June 1, 2018. The workshop brought together a fruitful combination of researchers, policy actors and practitioners, including a mixture of state […]

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Reflections on referendums

Reflections on referendums Citation: Download report. Abstract: The use of referendums in processes of constitutional formation and change has increased considerably across the world in recent decades. This proliferation means that referendums have occurred in some of the most fragile and conflict-affected states, where there are many issues surrounding democracy and stability. This Discussion Paper […]

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Setting Aside the “Others”: Exclusion amid Inclusion of Non-dominant Minorities in Peace Agreements

Setting Aside the “Others”: Exclusion amid Inclusion of Non-dominant Minorities in Peace Agreements Citation: Download the journal article. Abstract: This article analyzes the exclusion-amid-inclusion of “Others” within territorial power-sharing arrangements. While territorial power-sharing is often used to accommodate national minorities, it risks excluding non-dominant minorities at sub-state levels of governance. The article charts how negotiated […]

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Political Power-sharing and Inclusion: Peace and Transition Processes

Political Power-sharing and Inclusion: Peace and Transition Processes Citation: Download the PA-X report. Summary and key findings: 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 […]

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Economic Power-sharing, Conflict Resolution and Development in Peace Negotiations and Agreements

Economic Power-sharing, Conflict Resolution and Development in Peace Negotiations and Agreements Citation: Download the PA-X report. Summary and key recommendations: This research report argues that there is a tension between the group accommodation ambitions of economic power-sharing, and economic reform focused on creating a broader social contract capable of delivering public goods. For peace and […]

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The ceasefire is essential – but what should happen next for peace in Afghanistan?

This article by Alexander Ramsbotham (Conciliation Resources) was first published by OpenDemocracy on 27 June 2018. So far a persistent theme of the Afghan conflict is the glaring gap between words and actions, with both sides talking peace while intent on waging war. Afghanistan is at a crossroads facing two possible futures: indefinite violent conflict, […]

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Territorial Power-sharing and Inclusion in Peace Processes

Territorial Power-sharing and Inclusion in Peace Processes Citation: Download the PA-X report. Summary and key findings: This research report provides information and analysis on when and how peace agreements provide for territorial power-sharing, and the implications for broader projects of social inclusion. Three findings include: Territorial power-sharing in peace agreements includes federal or similar sub-divided […]

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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 the research PA-X report. Summary and key findings: 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, […]

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Conflict-Related Violence Against Women: Transforming Transition

Conflict-Related Violence Against Women: Transforming Transition Citation: Buy or access the book Abstract: By comparatively assessing three conflict-affected jurisdictions (Liberia, Northern Ireland and Timor-Leste), Conflict-Related Violence against Women empirically and theoretically expands current understanding of the form and nature of conflict-time harms impacting women. The ‘violences’ that occur in conflict beyond strategic rape are first identified. […]

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