Navigating Inclusion in Peace Settlements, Human Rights and the Creation of the Common...

Lead author: Christine Bell. Sections of this report were co-authored with Rachel Anderson, Robert Forster, Max Jaede, Astrid Jamar, Sean Molloy, Jan Pospisil, Asanga Welikala, and Laura Wise.

Peace settlements often produce compromises between parties at the heart of conflict, which are difficult to deepen into broader political commitments to govern for all, in the interest of ‘the common good’.

Policy points:

• The need for joint analysis between international interveners and local actors, to develop long-term strategies for transformation, and identify likely obstacles to their success.
• The importance of continuous post-agreement support for both ongoing and ‘one-off’ mediation.
• The adoption of conflict-sensitive approaches to aid to support the delivery of social goods such as healthcare, education, or sectoral reform. 

The contributions in this report are based on case studies and working papers authored as  part of the British Academy project ‘Negotiating Inclusion in Times of Transition’. The country case studies of the series include briefing papers on Bosnia, BurundiEgyptNepal and Sri Lanka. The conceptual working papers focus on the concept of the common good, on justice, rights and equality and on post-liberal peace.