The Spaces of Local Agreements: Towards a New Imaginary of the Peace Process

Authors: Christine Bell and Laura Wise

This article examines when, how and why local agreements are used to end violent conflict, drawing on a new global dataset of local agreements. It provides a typology of security functions that local agreements deliver at different stages of the conflict-to-peace cycle, and the types of space they address and create. It examines the relationship of local agreements to national peacemaking processes, arguing that they reveal the nested nature of local, national, transnational, and international conflict in protracted conflict settings. This reality points to the need for a new political imaginary for peace processes design. The conclusion sketches its contours.

This article is published in a special issue of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding: Space for Peace.

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