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A letter to the new UN Secretary-General

Last week the United Nations Security Council announced a new Secretary-General (UNSG). António Guterres, former head of the UN refugee agency and Portuguese prime minister, will take up the position at the start of 2017, succeeding Ban Ki-moon.

Life after coming home – an Ebola survivor’s story

Orphelia, an Ebola survivor who worked with Loguatuo District Platform for Dialogue (DPD) found herself stigmatised and ostracised when she returned home. Our mediation efforts have helped Orphelia to successfully reintegrate and 'the community is at one again'.

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.

Peace in Times of War

On 25 January 2014 the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front concluded sixteen years of negotiations seeking to putting an end to an armed conflict which originated in 1968. Kristian Herbolzheimer explains the origins of the conflict, details the innovations that led to the deal, outlines the ramifications of the deal itself, and warns that lessons need to be learnt to ensure that the implementation of the agreement is effective.

BBC World News interview: historic peace deal signed in the Philippines

Emma Leslie, Philippines Programme Associate, talks to BBC World News about the recent signing of the Comprehensive Agreement of the Bangsamoro between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and discusses the importance of effective implementation for the sustainability of the peace agreement.

Background to the Kashmir conflict: challenges and opportunities

Sep 2013
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This paper is the first in a series from the Kashmir Initiative Group (KIG), providing a background to the Kashmir context. The paper reflects on the current landscape in the region, identifies internal and external challenges and opportunities, and offers some suggested points of action in response to these.

Framework Agreement on the Formation of the International Contact Group: Philippines-MILF Peace Process

Sep 2009
The Framework Agreement signed by the International Contact Group (ICG), of which Conciliation Resources is a member, to support the peace process between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Central African Republic: Peace talks without talks. A new model of perpetuating violent conflicts?

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.

Philippines breaks out of the conflict trap

The Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have reached a Framework Agreement that puts an end to one of the most protracted armed conflicts in the world. Kristian Herbolzheimer and Emma Leslie praise a peace process characterised by perseverance, innovation and creativity, but warn that implementation of the Agreement is a complex and fragile process.

Persevering for peace: Philippines leads, world watches

Oct 2012
This article first appeared on the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The authors Kristian Herbolzheimer and Emma Leslie work on the Philippines programme at Conciliation Resources, one of the international non-government organisations in the International Contact Group for the Mindanao peace process.

Mediating peace: From prestige to participation

Mediation is often seen as a high-powered business – a skilled broker using his powers of persuasion and diplomacy to bring together warring parties. Reflecting on the recently published UN Guidance for Effective Mediation, Zahbia Yousuf suggests that a focus on quality and process is in order.

UN Guidance for Effective Mediation: Moving Forward

Oct 2012
These reflections on the UN Report and Guidance draw on the lessons of Conciliation Resources’ experience in supporting and researching peace processes, in particular the value of greater inclusion and local knowledge.

United Nations Guidance for Effective Mediation

Sep 2012
The United Nations Guidance for Effective Mediation was issued as an annex to the report of the Secretary-General on Strengthening the role of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution (A/66/811, 25 June 2012).