Syria: Build on momentum to create a meaningful peace process

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

Peace and progress in Central African Republic hinge on securing space for dialogue

Enhanced peacekeeping mission is a welcome development, but a lasting solution to CAR’s political problems requires coordinated national and cross-border cooperation on governance and security issues, as well as support for local civil society peace efforts.

Briefing: Crisis in the Central African Republic – August 2013

Aug 2013
This briefing provides a situation overview of the Central African Republic up to August 2013, based on interviews and information gathered during two visits to CAR in May and August 2013 by Conciliation Resources staff and associated consultant, Guus Meijer.

Legitimacy and peace processes

Legitimacy matters for peace. Accord focuses on legitimacy and the practical ways that it can contribute to building more sustainable peace. It looks at 15 country case studies at various stages of conflict, including the Philippines, Syria, Afghanistan, the Basque Country, Somaliland, Yemen and Burma.

Innovation in mediation support: The International Contact Group in Mindanao

Jul 2013
This practice paper - the first in a series on different themes related to Conciliation Resources' peacebuilding insight – explores the role played by the International Contact Group (ICG) for the Mindanao peace process in achieving a framework peace agreement, and examines the contribution of hybrid mechanisms to the field of mediation and conflict transformation.

Balance of Competences review: a peacebuilder’s perspective

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.

EU decision to ban the military wing of Hezbollah risks closing avenues for dialogue and further destabilising Lebanon’s precarious peace

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?

US Government urged to remove the legal barriers to peace

Counterterrorism policies are constraining the ability of peacebuilders to support peace processes and dialogue to help end or overcome violent conflict – they make many forms of engagement with an armed group a crime if the group is listed as 'terrorist'. A petition to the US Secretary of State urges him to remove federal restrictions on such activities.

What’s in a label? EU listing of Hezbollah and challenges to Lebanon’s peace

Jun 2013
With the European Union reportedly meeting this week – June 2013 – to discuss whether to add Hezbollah to its list of terrorist organisations, Zahbia Yousuf and Sophie Haspeslagh highlight the limits of such a blunt tool.