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Comparing Peace Processes

by Alpaslan Özerdem

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  • Pages: 388
  • Published Date: April 1, 2019
  • Display Date: November 5, 2019
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 978-1138218970


This book offers a comparative survey of 18 contemporary peace processes conducted by leading international scholars.

There is no standard model of peace processes and all will vary according to the context, type of conflict, timing, national and global economic climate, and factors like natural disasters. Therefore, making comparisons between peace processes is difficult, but it is beneficial – indeed, imperative – and is the principal motivation behind this volume. What works in one context may not work in another, but it can be modified and adapted to fit another context. 

The book is structured to maximise comparison between processes, and the case studies chosen are topical and span the major regions of the world. The concluding chapter systematically compares the case studies around 11 variables that cover the conflict context, peace process procedures, the responsiveness of the peace process to demands, and levels of participation and inclusion. Each peace process is then given a numeric score according to each of these variables, and the book thereby reaches judgements on whether each case can be termed a ‘success’ or a ‘failure’. 

This book will be essential reading for students of peace studies, conflict resolution, war and conflict studies, security studies, and IR.

Table of Contents

Introduction Roger Mac Ginty and Alpaslan Özerdem

1. Aceh Nathan Shea

2. Afghanistan Anatol Lieven

3. Basque Daniele Conversi and Gorka Espiau

4. Bosnia-Herzegovina Dejan Guzina

5. Cambodia SungYong Lee

6. Colombia Jenny Pearce

7. El Salvador William Stanley

8. Liberia Sukanya Podder

9. Mindanao Ayesah Abubakar and Kamarulzaman Askandar

10. Myanmar Stefano Ruzzo

11. Nepal Elly Harrowell and Varsha Gyawali

12. Northern Ireland Roger Mac Ginty

13. Palestine-Israel Mandy Turner

14. Somaliland Louise Wiuff Moe

15. South Africa Adrian Guelke

16. Sudan Alex de Waal

17. Sri Lanka David Lewis

18. Turkey Bahar Baser and Alpaslan Özerdem

19. Conclusion Roger Mac Ginty and Alpaslan Özerdem

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