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Local agreements: an introduction to the special issue

Kaldor, Mary, Theros, Marika and Turkmani, Rim (2022) Local agreements: an introduction to the special issue. Peacebuilding, 10 (2). 107 - 121. ISSN 2164-7259

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Identification Number: 10.1080/21647259.2022.2042111


This article introduces a Peacebuilding special issue on local agreements in intractable conflicts. By ‘local’, we refer to any type of agreement that covers a geographical area less than the entire national territory although the issues and actors may be national, regional, international as well as local. Our main finding is that local agreements are a pervasive feature of contemporary conflict, owing to the fragmented decentred character of conflicts. Local agreements are not necessarily about peace; they may be a form of surrender, or about tactical alliances and deployment of armed groups. The overall conclusion is that local talks can contribute to what the paper defines as a peace logic, if they involve local civilians and multilateral actors, and are based on a detailed knowledge of context. Expanding this type of process on a large-scale may be the best opportunity for addressing the social condition that characterises contemporary intractable conflicts.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
International Development
Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2022 14:24
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 10:00

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