Editors: Christine Bell, Jan Pospisil, Laura Wise.
In recent years, the difficulties and failures of national level peace processes have prompted increased attention on ‘the local’ as a space of conflict resolution. The papers presented here suggest both the existence of local peacemaking, and the impossibility of delimiting what is merely ‘local’ about it. This in turn points to a need for a new political imaginary for peace processes, which would go beyond the idea that it is about brokering elite pacts reached in a comprehensive peace agreement.
The contributions to this Collection all conclude that local agreements deserve greater attention as a peacemaking tool. They also demonstrate variation in how local agreements are used within and across contexts, and indicate significant involvement of international actors in many contexts.
This publication follows a series of Joint Analysis Workshops on Local Peace Processes undertaken in 2019 and 2020. The workshops were organised by the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) through the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), the University of Edinburgh, and British Academy, and were funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). These workshops offered a range of interdisciplinary and geographical perspectives, and brought together academics, policymakers, officials and practitioners, some of whom are represented in the following contributions.