Cross-border peacebuilding

War does not respect political or territorial boundaries but forms part of regional conflict systems through dynamics that cross borders: refugee flows, nomadic armed groups like the LRA, narcotic or criminal networks, blood diamonds, or psycho-social ties.

Nigerian intervention in Sierra Leone

Oct 1997
How likely is it that General Sani Abacha of Nigeria will lead a military offensive against the junta in Sierra Leone? This article from Conciliation Resources explores this and other topical questions related to Nigerian politics.

Islamic diplomacy: Consultation and consensus (1999)

Compromising on autonomy: Mindanao in transition
Apr 1999
Sol Santos assesses the peacemaking role played by the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), whose approach combined conventional, Asian (particularly ASEAN) and Islamic influences.

United States Institute of Peace Special Report: Mediating peace with proscribed armed groups

May 2010
In what circumstances is it appropriate to engage with violent groups? This report by United States Institute of Peace summarises debates between experts, including Conciliation Resources, on the subject.

Submission on conflict and development

Jan 2006
Conciliation Resources urges the International Development Committee to invest more in non-military responses to armed conflicts in this submission memorandum.

Compromising on autonomy: Mindanao in transition (1999)

Apr 1999

The 1996 Peace Agreement between the Republic of the Philippines government and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was a milestone in many ways: all previous attempts to negotiate an end to 24 years of civil war had failed. Implementation of the peace deal did not end the violence but the efforts and innovations in peacemaking in Mindanao offer invaluable examples for people working to resolve conflicts around the world.

Accord issue 6, Compromising on autonomy: Mindanao in transition, contains analysis on Islamic diplomacy, civil society roles and development.

Institutions versus personalities: International peacebuilding dilemmas

Safeguarding peace: Cambodia's constitutional challenge
Nov 1998
Dylan Hendrickson looks at the dilemmas of international assistance in Cambodia, finding that political consensus-building has been hampered by the confusing signals sent out by the international community.

Cambodia

When the Vietnam War spilled over into Cambodia in the late 1960s, this politically divided country was launched into decades of war and social upheaval. Its people experienced genocide, foreign occupation and a series of destructive interventions by the superpowers.

Accord 5 examines concerns around the signing of the 1991 Paris agreements that officially ended Cambodia’s long war, and the subsequent violent collapse of the country's governing coalition in July 1997.

Safeguarding peace: Cambodia's constitutional challenge

Nov 1998

Accord issue 5, Safeguarding peace: Cambodia's constitutional challenge, examines issues around the signing of the 1991 Paris agreements that officially ended Cambodia’s long war, and the subsequent violent collapse of the country's governing coalition in July 1997.

The experiences suggest the need for rethinking international responses to Cambodia’s problems, with a greater emphasis on monitoring and supporting the functioning of its constitutionally mandated political institutions.