Governments remain reluctant to engage armed groups, a complex, risky and highly political action. Yet, as Teresa Dumasy explains, constructive engagement with armed groups can create the conditions for the peaceful resolution of conflict.
As decision-makers start to consider a wider variety of options in response to the Syrian crisis, David Newton and Teresa Dumasy assert that a multi-faceted peace process – one that promotes the wide variety of non-violent peace and reconciliation initiatives already being led locally – is what can help transform society and build sustainable peace
Sanne Tielemans comments on the UK Government's review of the EU Balance of Competences and highlights how, while the EU's contribution to peace has increased in recent decades, a greater focus on peacebuilding over military and crisis responses is required in order to positively impact conflict-affected communities.
David Newton comments on the decision of EU Foreign Ministers to add the military wing of Hezbollah to their list of banned terrorist organisations. What effect might this have on the EU's credibility and role in Lebanon, and the country's already fragile peace prospects?
On behalf of our civil-society partners in four countries affected by the Lord's Resistance Army conflict, Fr Ernest Sugule, director of a Congolese NGO and Editor-in-Chief of grassroots newsletter 'The Voice of Peace', shares some of the recent highs and lows, as well as ongoing concerns within the region.
Dealing with the past is now one of the big challenges for the Philippines in its transition from war to peace in Mindanao. Looking to international examples, Kristian Herbolzheimer analyses what is the best way to deal with the past in order to strengthen coexistence and prevent further confrontation, to promote a more trusted, accountable and democratic governance system?
Five members of the Peace Commission of the Colombian Congress visited the cities of London, Brussels, Paris and Barcelona during six intensive days in May. The main objective was for the Colombian diaspora to put together proposals for the Colombia peace process. Kristian Herbolzheimer describes this innovative dialogue exercise.
Failed negotiations still weigh heavily on the Colombian government’s mind, and it would be difficult to justify a truce in a moment of relative strength in military arenas. Conciliation Resources' Colombia Programme Director, Kristian Herbolzheimer, looks at the impact a ceasefire could have on the peace talks in Colombia.
In January 2013 it took just three days for the Seleka Coalition and the Government of the Central African Republic to reach a peace agreement. Kennedy Tumutegyereize and Nicolas Tillon of Conciliation Resources' East and Central Africa programme analyse what the prospects are for sustainable peace without wide public participation.
Reflecting on the evolution of mediation support, Jonathan Cohen highlights how the legitimacy and durability of peace agreements are enhanced by inclusive processes. In this chapter from 'Building Peace in 2013' – a new HD Centre publication – he makes the case that peace processes must be less elitist and more able to meet the needs and expectations of those most affected by conflict.