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Interim or Transitional Arrangements: Addressing Dilemmas for International Support

March 18, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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Peace and transition processes are often managed by putting in place ceasefires and interim governance arrangements. The interim governance arrangements are tasked with administering the country on a provisional basis until a new government can be appointed by a regular political process, and putting in place a series of reform processes: security sector, constitutional, transitional justice.

In fact, this modality of ending conflict is more often used than trying to broker a ‘big bang’ comprehensive peace agreement.

It is used to address very different types of conflict:

  • violent conflict, one-sided violence from authoritarian states
  • and social crisis that can erupt when an incumbent fails to quit after-losing elections, or for other reasons.

Join us as we explore various aspects of interim transitional arrangements – focusing on the role of international actors, in supporting them and sustaining them.

This event will launch and in a sense conclude a series of publications and events which PSRP and its partners have been involved in, drawing together key findings.

Chair: Kimana Zulueta-Fuelscher, Acting Head of Constitution-Building, International IDEA.


Introduction to Issue: Christine Bell, Professor of Constitutional Law at Edinburgh Law School and the Director of the Political Settlements Research Programme.

Jago Salmon, Head of UN Resident Coordinators Office in Sarajevo, co-author of Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict (2017, World Bank/UN), and author of Moving From Conflict: the Role of International Actors in Transition Management (2020, PSRP).

Sumit Bisarya, Constitutions Advisor, UNDPPA, and Former Head of Constitution-Building Processses Programme at International Idea. See key report: Interim Governance Arrangements in Post-Conflict and Fragile Settings (2020).

Katia Papagianni, Director for Policy and Mediation Support, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, and author of Power sharing, transitional governments and the role of mediation.


The event will consist of an introduction and panel discussion, bringing insight from diplomatic, constitution-making and mediation fields, drawing on country experience,  followed by opportunity for discussion.

This event will be held on Zoom, with joining links emailed to registered participants. The presentation element of this event will be recorded and made available after the event.

This event is the final instalment of the Peace Talks webinar series from the Political Settlements Research Programme at the University of Edinburgh Law School.


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March 18, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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