Post-conflict Resolution World Affairs

Date Description
20 June 2017
Tuesday 20 June 2017 


Professor Paul
University of Birmingham
Many people assume that conflict
ends with peace agreements, but
usually these documents are the start
of a long and difficult process of
transition for individuals, states and
institutions. This encompasses
dealing with formerly hostile armed
groups, reconstructing security
services and dealing with transitional
justice. All of these elements are
deeply contested and politicised and
the international community has a
less than glorious record of dealing
with them.
What is required is a far better local
understanding of the political context
within which decisions are made and
an appreciation of the pressures that
political leaders are under and the
compromises that they have to make
in order to persuade followers to give
up the fight and turn to peace.