Olympic Truce – a call for peace and conflict resolution

With the sporting world's attention now focused on London for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we're giving our support to a renewed international call for an end to violent conflict. Find out more about the ideals behind the Olympic Truce and how our work throughout the year helps people to bridge divides and build peace.

Policy brief – Reconciliation, reform and resilience: Positive peace for Lebanon

Jul 2012
A fundamentally different approach is needed to transform precarious stability in Lebanon into durable peace. Repeated outbreaks of political violence since the 1989 Taif Peace Accord show that Lebanon’s model of power sharing and liberal economic growth, while widely praised, has in reality failed to deliver a noticeable peace dividend. This 6-page policy brief summarises the findings of Accord 24 and sets out 10 priorities for change.

The road ahead: perspectives on disarming Hamas

Jun 2005
This article by Alastair Crooke and Vanessa Shields discusses the engagement of armed groups in peace processes, with a particular focus on issues surrounding the disarmament of the resistance group, Hamas.

Peace by piece: Addressing Sudan’s conflicts (Arabic: Part 2)

Dec 2006
Accord 18 focuses on Sudan and asks which issues were excluded from the process leading to the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. It suggests that future initiatives must be more inclusive and better coordinated.

Engaging armed groups in peace processes: Lessons for effective third-party practice

Choosing to engage: Armed groups and peace processes
May 2005
Accord Armed Groups: Lessons for effective third-party practice
Fink Haysom sets out a number of considerations for mediators before and during negotiations involving armed groups. He discusses ways to generate momentum and tackle difficult issues, and considers ways to build a party’s capacity to negotiate.

Asymmetries in the peace process: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

Choosing to engage: Armed groups and peace processes
May 2005
Accord Armed Groups: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
LTTE advisor Rudrakumaran argues that the international climate in which negotiations take place is biased in favour of states. Anti-terrorist legislation has erected artificial power asymmetries, limiting the LTTE’s involvement in peace talks.

In search of respect at the table

Choosing to engage: Armed groups and peace processes
May 2005
Accord Armed Groups: In search of respect at the table
Alastair Crooke describes Israel’s and the international community’s lack of responsiveness to various short ceasefires implemented by Palestinian Islamist groups in 2001-03, arguing that without a better understanding of these groups no end to the conflict is in sight.

Operation Lifeline Sudan

Choosing to engage: Armed groups and peace processes
May 2005
Accord Armed Groups: Operation Lifeline Sudan
Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) was first operation in which the UN dealt with an armed group without conferring recognition upon it. Lam Akol describes the development of the OLS humanitarian relief programme and how it linked with new opportunities for peacemaking.