Untangling Conflict: Local Peace Agreements in Contemporary Armed Violence

Jan Pospisil, Laura Wise, Christine Bell

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Recent years have seen a proliferation of local and sub-national peace agreements negotiated and signed in conflict settings as different as Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Kenya, Nepal, Libya, and Somalia. Such agreements are not a new phenomenon. Local truces and agreements on humanitarian access were already being signed in considerable numbers during the wars in Bosnia
and Herzegovina and Croatia in the early 1990s. In recent years, local negotiations in violent conflict seem to be becoming increasingly better documented and formalised. This development may be caused by the comparably easy availability of electronic means of documentation and communication, even in remote areas.

This research draws on discussions held at two Joint Analysis Workshops in October and November 2019 organised by the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP). The workshops were held in cooperation with The British Academy (BA) and the Rift Valley Institute (RVI). In total, over 100 participants from 25 countries involved with or researching on local peace agreements contributed to thematic discussions.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAustrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2020


  • local peace
  • Peace Agreements
  • peace processes

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