The spaces of local agreements: Towards a new imaginary of the peace process

Christine Bell*, Laura Wise

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article examines when, how and why local agreements are used to end violent conflict, drawing on a new global dataset of local agreements. We set out a typology of functions that local agreements provide at different stages of the conflict-to-peace cycle, and the types of conceptual and actual space they address and create. We examine the relationship of local agreements to national peacemaking processes, and the ways in which they reveal the nested nature of local, national, transnational and international conflict in protracted conflict-settings. We suggest that this reality points to a need for a new political imaginary for peace processes design, and sketch its contours.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Nov 2022

Keywords

  • local peace agreements
  • peacebuilding
  • peace processes
  • conflict
  • space

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