This report summarises discussions from a workshop to explore sub-state political settlements in conflict-affected borderlands and the possibilities for more effective and inclusive peacebuilding interventions. It looks at four key themes: concepts of borderlands, inclusion and political settlement; the particular types of violence, (in)security, governance and authority that emerge in borderlands; the challenges of working in borderlands, and innovative methods and tools to better engage with their dynamics; and peacebuilding responses and practice in borderland spaces.
This report presents a synthesis of a Joint Analysis Workshop that brought together 35 practitioners, academics and policymakers for a two-day reflection on a new Accord Insight project on peace, transition and political settlement in borderlands. The report distils the main discussion points and will inform the development of the project, the main output of which is an Accord Insight publication due in mid-2018. This publication is part of the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) which explores how international and national interventions can more effectively support inclusive political settlements in fragile and conflict-affected states.