Borderlands and Peacebuilding: a View from the Margins


Plonski, S., & Yousuf, Z. (2018). Borderlands and Peacebuilding: a View from the Margins (Accord) [PSRP Report, Accord]. Conciliation Resources.

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This fourth Accord Insight publication looks at peacebuilding in borderland regions and how peace and transition processes address the interests of borderland communities. It presents seven case studies including Syria, north-eastern Kenya, Tunisia, Northern Ireland, Ukraine, Nepal and Myanmar. A ‘borderlands lens’ challenges key assumptions in current peacebuilding policy and practice: that power  and order radiate outwards from the centre; that border zones are resistant to being incorporated into national  peacebuilding and statebuilding projects because of a lack of security, development or governance infrastructure; and  that more development and greater state presence are,  therefore, logical solutions to borderlands conflict.

Keywords: Borderlands, Peace Processes, Conflict

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