Powers of persuasion: Incentives, Sanctions and Conditionality in Peacemaking

TitlePowers of persuasion: Incentives, Sanctions and Conditionality in Peacemaking
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleAccord
Year of Publication2008
Series EditorGriffiths, A, Barnes, C
VolumeIssue 19
PublisherConciliation Resources
Accession Number1030

Faced with the problem of how to respond to the challenges of intra-state armed conflict, international policymakers often turn to incentives, sanctions and conditionality in the hope that these tools can alter the conflict dynamics and influence the protagonists' behaviour.

But do such policy instruments underpin or undermine peace processes? How can they constructively influence conflict parties' engagement in peacemaking initiatives?

Powers of persuasion: incentives, sanctions and conditionality in peacemaking (Accord issue 19, 2008) draws on case studies worldwide, including Darfur, Northern Ireland, Israel-Palestine, South Africa, Sri Lanka, northern Uganda, Georgia-Abkhazia, Cote d'Ivoire and Papua New Guinea - Bougainville. The studies suggest that while these instruments have in some cases helped tip the balance towards settlement, in many others they been ineffective, incoherent or subsumed into the dynamics of the conflict.

The editors of this thematic issue of Accord conclude that for such instruments to be effective, support for sustainable peace must be prioritized and strategies crafted to help achieve it. This in turn requires strategic coherence among external actors. Rather than externalizing the focus of the negotiation process, policy instruments must be responsive to the conflict parties' motivations, support pre-existing dynamics for conflict resolution, and help create momentum in the resolution process.

Also published by Conciliation Resources is a policy briefing, with recommendations for policymakers.

The overview of the contents can be accessed via the link below.

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