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Galkaio, Somalia: bridging the border

Majid, Nisar and Theros, Marika (2022) Galkaio, Somalia: bridging the border. Peacebuilding, 10 (2). 172 - 188. ISSN 2164-7259

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Identification Number: 10.1080/21647259.2022.2032943


A better understanding of ‘local’ agreements vis-a-vis national reconciliation processes is a strong current in policy and academic circles, with Somalia acknowledged as a relevant context with a rich history of such processes. This article examines a local agreement reached in Galkaio, a divided city where renewed violence had national implications around the formation of a new Federal system. It explores the role of external mediators, and strategies used to create buy-in at different levels in the process in order to forge ann agreement that could end violence and address some underlying conflict drivers. It argues how experimentation with sequencing, linking and moving between levels helped ensure the viability and sustainability of the process. It contributes to the literature on mediating multi-level conflicts by focusing analysis on the role played by external mediators, demonstrating the importance of who mediates and how while providing insight into dynamic conflict mediation environments.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2022 16:00
Last Modified: 26 May 2022 08:42

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