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 / Description of output

This article examines when, how and why local agreements are used to end violent conflict, drawing on a new global dataset of local agreements. It provides a typology of security functions that local agreements deliver at different stages of the conflict-to-peace cycle, and the types of space they address and create. It examines the relationship of local agreements to national peacemaking processes, arguing that they reveal the nested nature of local, national, transnational, and international conflict in protracted conflict settings. This reality points to the need for a new political imaginary for peace processes design. The conclusion sketches its contours.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-583
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

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


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