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Listing terrorists: the impact of proscription on third-party efforts to engage armed groups in peace processes – a practitioner's perspective

Haspeslagh, Sophie (2013) Listing terrorists: the impact of proscription on third-party efforts to engage armed groups in peace processes – a practitioner's perspective. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 6 (1). pp. 189-208. ISSN 1753-9161

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17539153.2013.765706

Abstract

This article explores the effects of proscription - the act of listing an armed group as a designated terrorist organisation - as an example of how international counterterrorist policy can impact on the possibility for third-party actors to engage with listed armed groups in the context of peace processes. From a peace practitioner's perspective, the article draws on findings from a series of workshops organised with high-level mediators, counterterrorism policy-makers and diplomats, and interviews with policy actors and non-governmental peace-building organisations. The article concludes that the listing of armed groups as terrorist organisations is having serious consequences on the ability of third-party actors to engage with armed groups. It has affected both of the preconditions of access and trust, thereby narrowing the possibilities for third parties to effectively understand groups, influence them, affect their strategic calculations and train them in conflict resolution. The global proscription regime appears to be eroding in practice, with state third-party actors choosing to opt out of international proscription regimes. Doubts about the legality of third-party engagement are creating a new selective pressure on what types of conflict resolution activities are possible

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rter20
Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor and Francis Group
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 15:58
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:44
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/49856

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