Challenges to Peacebuilding: Managing Spoilers During by Edward Newman, Oliver Richmond

By Edward Newman, Oliver Richmond

Many ceasefires and peace agreements in civil clash are at the start unsuccessful. a few fall down to renewed, and sometimes escalating, violence. In different instances, peace methods became interminably protracted. This research techniques the matter by way of focussing on 'spoilers': teams and strategies that actively search to hinder or undermine clash cost via numerous capacity, together with terrorism and violence. It considers why spoilers and spoiling behaviour emerge and the way they are often addressed, drawing upon adventure from Northern eire, the Basque quarter, Bosnia, Colombia, Israel-Palestine, Cyprus, the Caucasus and Kashmir.

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Who is included or excluded from the peace process? INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL DYNAMICS OF SPOILING 33 Who becomes the winner or loser when a peace agreement is to be implemented? One decisive factor is leadership – that is, the ability of political leaders to deliver their followers and manage groups associated with violence. 45 Violence during such circumstances will feed existing fears and uncertainties among the general public about the direction of the peace process. Opposition groups may convincingly argue that compromise does not lead to peace but to more violence (rewarding and giving in to terror), which limits the mandate and bargaining range of the negotiators.

43 Hence a peace process almost by definition produces external spoiling, since it challenges established assumptions of who is a patriot or traitor, enemy or friend. Who is included or excluded from the peace process? INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL DYNAMICS OF SPOILING 33 Who becomes the winner or loser when a peace agreement is to be implemented? One decisive factor is leadership – that is, the ability of political leaders to deliver their followers and manage groups associated with violence. 45 Violence during such circumstances will feed existing fears and uncertainties among the general public about the direction of the peace process.

Analysts who favour this type of explanation see the commitment problem as a major hurdle to demobilization and disarmament; they believe that only committed foreign custodians of the peace can provide guarantees to all parties and overcome such obstacles. A final scenario that analysts do not really address highlights the role of custodians in the post-agreement period. Custodians can directly contribute to the disenchantment of insiders with the peace process. Most research on peace implementation takes UN operations as its frame of reference.

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