Accord - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent (policy brief)

Apr 2014
This 6-page policy brief summarises the findings of Accord 25 - Legitimacy and peace processes: from coercion to consent. It argues that a legitimacy lens should be applied to peace processes by paying attention to priorities of context, consent and change.

Afghanistan: youth perspectives on peace and security

Apr 2018
Afghanistan Youth Perspectives on Peace and Security
While Afghanistan’s deeply patriarchal society makes it difficult for young Afghans to participate in a significant way in politics, there is a history of youth political movements in the country. To get a better understanding of the future of youth and peace in Afghanistan, Conciliation Resources carried out a series of focus group discussions with young people in Kabul, Nangarhar and Kandahar. This report brings together some of the key findings from these discussions.

Youth aspirations for peace and security

Jan 2018
Youth aspirations for peace and security
In December 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. The resolution was the first to recognise the important role young people can play in preventing conflicts, and sustaining peace. Conciliation Resources was invited by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to contribute to the Progress Report on UNSCR 2250. Between July and September 2017, we conducted participatory research with 494 young people living in Afghanistan, Jammu and Kashmir, South Sudan, the Georgian-Abkhaz context, and among youth of the Ogaden diaspora living in the United Kingdom.

Five ways to support youth inclusion in peacebuilding

Young people who have experienced conflict firsthand have a vital role to play in peacebuilding. They have a clear vision of what peace could look like in their countries and communities, and have the drive to work towards the realisation of these goals. 
However, in many cases they are seen not as positive forces for peace, but rather as threats to it.

Processing peace in Afghanistan

Jun 2017
The Salang Pass, a key mountain pass connecting northern Afghanistan with Kabul and the country's southern provinces.
This Accord spotlight summarises discussions from a workshop to explore priorities for peace in Afghanistan. It looks at six key themes; peacemaking in perspective, terminology, inclusion, understanding divisions, re-centring the regional stage and processing peace.

Nine priorities for peace in Afghanistan

After 25 years of civil war in Afghanistan, today progress towards a peace process is increasingly seen as central to securing a just and stable future. But to date, there has been little analysis of what a process might actually look like.


In the midst of violence: local engagement with armed groups
May 2015
Michael Semple introduces the publication and affirms that formal peacemaking can learn much from the experiences of local communities' engagement with armed groups.

Michael Semple

Michael Semple is visiting professor at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen’s University Belfast. He specialises in research, policy and practice of humanitarian assistance and conflict resolution in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He worked in the region from 1988–2008 and was a member of the United Nations political team that helped implement the 2001 Bonn Agreement. From 2004–08 he was Deputy to the European Union Special Representative for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan post-2014: reverberations in Kashmir

Apr 2014
Afghanistan post-2014: reverberations in Kashmir
2014 is a pivotal year in Afghanistan with a major drawdown of US troops under way. This latest briefing paper considers the possible scenarios for neighbouring Kashmir. What are the implications for the already fragile Indian-Pakistani dialogue? And what impact will it have on intra-Kashmir peacebuilding initiatives? For more information on the background to the Kashmir conflict please see the previous brief in this series.

New publication explores legitimacy and peace processes

Legitimacy matters for peace. It defines the social and political deals between states and citizens, and local leaders and communities. The new edition of Accord focuses on legitimacy, and the ways that it can help build more equitable and sustainable peace.