Category Archive: Research Themes

Ceasefire Arrangements

Ceasefire Arrangements Download the PA-X report This Spotlight asks When and how are ceasefires negotiated, and what are their critical elements? 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 material regarding a key issue, sometimes with reference […]

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Introducing PA-X: A new peace agreement database and dataset

Introducing PA-X: A new peace agreement database and dataset Download journal article Abstract: This article introduces PA-X, a peace agreement database designed to improve understanding of negotiated pathways out of conflict. PA-X enables scholars, mediators, conflict parties and civil society actors to systematically compare how peace and transition processes formalize negotiated commitments in an attempt […]

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New Institutions, New Gender Rules? A Feminist Institutionalist Lens on Women and Power-Sharing

New Institutions, New Gender Rules? A Feminist Institutionalist Lens on Women and Power-Sharing Download journal article Abstract: This article examines the apparent tension between power-sharing as the dominant approach to conflict settlement and the inclusion of women and provisions for gender equality as promoted through the Women, Peace and Security agenda. We argue that applying […]

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International Gender Equality Norms and their Fragmented Protection in Conflict

International Gender Equality Norms and their Fragmented Protection in Conflict Download journal article Abstract: Normative and legal developments in the protection of gender equality in conflict have proliferated in recent decades across diverse regimes of public international law. Nevertheless, the ultimate impact of such international norms on domestic conflict-affected settings is unclear. This article sets […]

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Transforming Responses to Domestic Violence in a Politically Contested Environment: The Case of Northern Ireland

Transforming Responses to Domestic Violence in a Politically Contested Environment: The Case of Northern Ireland Citation: Download journal article Abstract: Domestic violence is a global phenomenon, but it takes on specific modalities in different cultural and geo-political settings. Drawing on evidence from the Northern Irish case, this article is concerned with exploring the relationship between […]

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Gender, Social Networks and Conflict Processes

Gender, Social Networks and Conflict Processes Citation: Download journal article Abstract: War is an inherently social process, from the mobilization of new, armed organizations, to the relational aftershocks of violence affecting families and local communities. This essay synthesizes existing feminist research on dynamics of conflict and peacebuilding and brings a social network approach to understanding […]

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Gendered Political Settlements and Peacebuilding: Mapping Inclusion in Practice

Gendered Political Settlements and Peacebuilding: Mapping Inclusion in Practice Citation: Download journal article Abstract: This paper looks at practice-research methods used by Conciliation Resources (CR), an international peacebuilding organisation, as part of the Political Settlements Research Project. Between 2015 and 2017, Conciliation Resources and its partners convened three learning workshops in Nepal, Colombia, and Bougainville. […]

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Sub-State Constitutions in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings: Workshop Report

Sub-State Constitutions in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings: Workshop Report Citation: Download report. Abstract: This report follows the Third Edinburgh Dialogue on Post-Conflict Constitution Building held at the University of Edinburgh on 9–10 December 2016. The dialogue, on ‘Substate Constitution Building in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings’, was organized by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral […]

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Navigating Inclusion in Peace Processes

Navigating Inclusion in Peace Processes Citation: Download report. Download policy brief. Abstract: While the ‘inclusion consensus’ has been growing, new challenges to implementing it have been evolving with equal vigour. Negative trends in violent conflict have been reversing development gains, exacerbating suffering and fuelling displacement crises. Drivers of conflict have escalated and evolved, including fragmentation of military […]

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Principled Pragmatism and the ‘Inclusion Project’: Implementing a Gender Perspective in Peace Agreements

Principled Pragmatism and the ‘Inclusion Project’: Implementing a Gender Perspective in Peace Agreements Citation: Download journal article. Abstract: UN Security Council Resolution 1325 of 2000 provided that peace agreements should adopt a ‘gender perspective’. This commitment has been reiterated in women, peace and security resolutions since that time. This article uses a mixed qualitative and […]

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