Legitimacy and Peace Processes: Recommendations for policy and practice
Venue: Room IX, Palais des Nations (Building A, Door 13, 3rd Floor)
Registration & entry: Registration is obligatory by Friday, 27 June 2014, COB. Entry via Porte Pregny (unless you have a United Nations access badge).
· Andy Carl, Director, Conciliation Resources, London
· Véronique Dudouet, Programme Director, Berghof Foundation, Berlin
· Katia Papagianni, Director, Policy and Mediation Support, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva
· Susanna Campbell, Post-Doctoral Researcher, CCDP, Graduate Institute, Geneva
This lunch-time discussion focuses on the relationship between peace processes and legitimacy based on a first-hand case-study and expert analysis drawn together by Conciliation Resources, in collaboration with the Graduate Institute’s CCDP. The discussion provides key insights for governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations that are actively involved in peace processes or in violent and fragile contexts – with potential implications for the post-2015 Development Agenda and the implementation of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. ‘Legitimacy’ can be a sensitive issue in peace negotiations and can relate to issues such as the management of coercive power and personal influence of key individuals, and setting the foundations for consensual political authority through negotiated exits from war and violence. Peace processes can provide frameworks to accommodate competing sources of legitimacy and to cultivate broad agreements on a way forward towards a sustainable peace. All results on legitimacy and peace processes are collect in Conciliation Resources’ 25th ACCORD publication which is available at http://www.c-r.org.
Sandwiches, soft drinks, and coffee will be available prior to the event.