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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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Introduction

Peace processes hold the promise of re-starting non-violent efforts towards more equitable, resilient and developed societies. Conflict negatively affects development and peace processes can put a halt to this.1 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.2 International support can help a peace process to succeed, but the nature and quality of such support matter greatly. Engagement is not a light matter and comes with the responsibility to engage effectively and capably. As the saying goes, “if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen”.

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