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Navigating Inclusion


This project provides a critical theoretical analysis of the current state of the field regarding how inclusive political settlements emerge and are nurtured, with reference to periods of conflict resolution in fragile and conflict-affected states. We provide conceptual tools for understanding how peace processes seek to re-shape political settlements. A central focus is on how issues of inclusion are navigated by different types of actors, and a clear body of outputs will engage with questions of gender inclusion.


The project involves desk-based research, synthesis and development of new analysis on inter-disciplinary connections of political settlement literature to other relevant literatures.  It also draws on the practice labs and in-country case study engagement.


This project contributes to understanding how claims for inclusion are made through use of violence during peace processes, and when they are responded to.  We also contribute to understanding when and how forms of exclusion reassert themselves. This work operates to inform the overall research programme and project team, so that knowledge transfer is then disseminated through the programme.  Furthermore, this project also provides new insight into strategies for inclusion that work to create a bridge between the initial elite pact necessary to ending the conflict, to a more self-perpetuating political order.


Christine Bell and Jan Pospisil (Global Justice Academy, University of Edinburgh) with Consortium input

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Details :
  • Author : Harriet Cornell
  • Category : Concepts
  • Date : June 18, 2015
  • Tags : Armed Conflict Conflict Resolution