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How local are local agreements? Shaping local agreements as a new form of third-party intervention in protracted conflicts

Turkmani, Rim (2022) How local are local agreements? Shaping local agreements as a new form of third-party intervention in protracted conflicts. Peacebuilding. ISSN 2164-7259

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Identification Number: 10.1080/21647259.2022.2032942

Abstract

Based on two case studies from Syria, this article argues that unilateral external intervention in protracted conflicts is not only about military and financial support to one or other warring party. Unilateral external actors often get involved in the negotiation of local agreements, creating a hybrid form of intervention that combines the roles of warfighting, mediation, and policing. In this context, external actors are able to transform their military, financial and logistical support to states and non-state armed groups into leverage and negotiating power that determines the outcome of local negotiations, thereby gearing the dynamics of the conflict towards their own interests and away from the local agenda. This hybrid external intervention may, in some circumstances, contribute to an unjust and uncertain stabilisation process, while in other circumstances, it can undermine local peace efforts. The clear implication is the need for a greater role and mandate for multilateral actors.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/rpcb20
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2022 16:06
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2022 09:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/113533

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