Dissolving the conflict mesh: Opportunities and limits of local peace agreements

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Author: Jan Pospisil

There is a growing consensus among scholars and practitioners working with and on local peace agreements that all three elements of their name are a problem. Most of the time, local peace agreements are not local, often not about peace, and every so often, do not even constitute an agreement. How then should we understand their relationship to national conflict and peace processes?

This article discusses how local peace agreement practices can dynamically respond to the ever-changing landscapes of the conflict mesh.

This article is published in the British Academy’s collection on Local Peace Processes, edited by  Christine Bell, Jan Pospisil, and Laura Wise.

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