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PSRP Panel: Peacebuilding in the Political Unsettlement: impossible or inevitable?

February 25, 2017 @ 1:45 pm - 3:30 pm

PSRP has organised the panel ‘Peacebuilding in the Political Unsettlement: impossible or inevitable?’ as part of the International Studies Association Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, on February 25 2017. This panel is sponsored by the ISA Peace Studies section. It is part of the PSRP Measurement research theme, and the Conceptualising Transformation project.

The project of ensuring that political settlements are inclusive is key to the attempts of negotiating transitions from violent conflict over the last 25 years. Examining such transitions, we point to the emergence of the ‘formalised political unsettlement’ as a new state configuration in place of a ‘political settlement’ as normally understood. The formalised political unsettlement in essence translates the disagreement at the heart of the conflict into a set of political and legal institutions for continuing to negotiate it. It has emerged for both reasons of pragmatic politics and the structural conditions of the global political marketplace, and as neither of these are likely to go away the formalised political unsettlement may well be here to stay. The panel will evaluate the possibilities of the ‘formalised political unsettlement’ for different projects of inclusion with a view to informing political settlement analysis more broadly.

Aisling Ann Swaine (The George Washington University) will chair the panel, and the discussant is Nicolas Lemay-Hebert (University of Birmingham).


  • International Law – Unrest in Peace? Philipp Kastner (University of Western Australia)
  • Stabilised (Un)Settlements? – Frozen Conflicts and de facto Regimes in the Post-Soviet Space Cindy Wittke (University of Konstanz)
  • Negotiating Inclusion: The Space of the Formalised Political Unsettlement Christine Bell (School of Law, University of Edinburgh)
  • Unsettled Peace or Peace in Unsettlement? The Search for Creative Non-Solutions Jan Pospisil (University of Edinburgh)
  • ‘Unsettled’ Peace Agreements: Formalising Divided Societies? Laura Wise (University of Edinburgh)
  • International Institutional Arrangement for Peaceful International Change
    Clemente Quinones (Georgia Gwinnett College)

Full paper abstracts [PDF]

Attendance is by registration for the conference. For information on attendance, see ISA Baltimore 2017.

Photo credit: Nikoletta Majewska


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