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.



From recommendations to action: Country responses

In this final chapter, four INCAF members – Canada, Germany, Switzerland and the United States – outline how they currently support peace processes and how they are taking forward many of the recommendations of Chapter 4. These contributions demonstrate the productive interaction that has taken place during the project of which this publication is the final outcome. They highlight how these countries have led the way on some of the recommendations and also indicate how efforts by other countries can be further strengthened through the project’s findings.


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