Conciliation Resources would like to present a set of policy briefs that explore strategies for supporting peace processes. These include:
• Peace process support strategies: governments and international organizations should place supporting peace processes at the heart of their overall strategy for a country or region in conflict. This brief offers guidance on how.
• Choosing to engage: armed groups and peace processes: isolation and blacklisting of armed groups has proven to be counterproductive for peacemaking. If part of the problem, armed groups should be part of the solution. This brief explores armed groups’ characteristics and how best to engage with them.
• Public participation in peacemaking: public participation is crucial for the legitimacy, sustainability and equity of a peace process and accord. This brief identifies a range of public participation mechanisms and highlights its advantages for inclusive political settlements.
• Powers of persuasion: incentives, sanctions and conditionality in peace processes: the motives parties to conflicts and peace processes can be constructively influenced by careful analyses and the strategic use of tools. This brief explores the range of tools available to external actors and how these can be applied effectively.

All these policy briefs are available online and in pdf (free of charge) on CR's website:
Also available in French, Russian and Spanish.

For more info contact:
Cynthia Petrigh, director of Policy and Comparative Learning,
Elizabeth Drew, Research and Publications officer,

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Dear Cynthia,
What do you think of Arun Gandhi's criticism of peace leaders here in the USA. The following are two of his statements:
"You can quote me as saying Mahatma Gandhi would disagree with the Plowshares actions because they employ tactics of secrecy and destruction of property. I also think locking up the most courageous and devoted peace leaders for long prison terms is a way of weakening the peace movement. Those leaders could do much more for peace outside of jail than in it." ( The Jesus Journal - Summer 1995 - No. 77 - page 44 )

"Common people who are not directly involved in social debates and political conflicts have their lives to live, they become angry at those who are disturbing their lives or damaging property that has to be repaired using public funds. Thus the average person, whose support is often necessary for lasting success, is alienated. Rather than leading to a resolution, they escalate the conflict and create more deeply entrenched opponents." (Legacy of Love by Arun Gandhi – page 132)
Dear William,
For different people peace can be reached by different means, violent or non-violent ones. For example the government of Srilanka chose to reach peace by exterminating their enemy.
Gandhi on the other hand has taught us that means and ends are related and that to reach a peaceful end one should stick to peaceful means.


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