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Improving International Support to Peace Processes

The Missing Piece

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Peace processes hold the promise of re-starting non-violent efforts towards creating more equitable, resilient and developed societies. Yet, such processes are politically and psychologically complex, as well as high-risk. Many fail and such failure is harmful, as it reduces confidence and increases cynicism amongst parties to a conflict, citizens and international partners alike. International support can help a peace process to succeed but its nature and quality matter greatly.

“The Missing Piece” identifies seven recommendations to improve the quality of support that states and international organizations provide to peace processes. It does this through a thorough analysis of: the characteristics of today’s violent conflicts, the factors that influence the success and failure of a peace process and  the current strengths & weaknesses of international support.

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Executive Summary

Violent conflict is bad for development. Peace processes – if conducted well – offer the promise of creating more equitable, resilient and developed societies. Yet such processes are politically, socially and psychologically complex, as well as high-risk. Many fail and such failure does harm by reducing confidence and increasing cynicism amongst conflict parties, citizens and international partners alike. International support can help a peace process to succeed, but the nature and quality of this support matter greatly. “The Missing Piece” makes seven recommendations to improve the quality of support provided by states and international organisations to peace processes. These seven recommendations have been drawn from an analysis of the characteristics of violent conflict today (Chapter 1); of ingredients of a successful peace process (Chapter 2); and of the strengths and weaknesses of existing support (Chapter 3). Figure 0.1 summarises the main findings and recommendations.

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