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Mediation, Political Engagement, and Peacebuilding

Mediation, Political Engagement, and Peacebuilding Global Governance 16 (2010), 243–263 SPECIAL FOCUS Mediation, Political Engagement, and Peacebuilding Katia Papagianni This article argues that mediation and political engagement by third parties can contribute to peacebuilding by strengthening the political processes in countries exiting civil conflict. Third-party engagement can create the po- litical space within which long-term reconstruction, development, and rec- onciliation issues can be discussed among national actors. Given that peace agreements are frequently mere cease-fires representing short-term deals among elites, mediation and political engagement can assist the transfor- mation of these deals into long-term commitments and inclusive national politics. Specifically, mediation can contribute to peacebuilding in three ways. First, mediators contribute to peacebuilding by working toward peace agreements that serve as frameworks for the opening up of the political process as opposed to agreements that lock in detailed, long-term gover- nance models and concentrate power in the hands of the wartime elites. Second, in the period immediately following the signing of peace agree- ments, mediation helps parties adhere to the agreements and settle any remaining issues. Third, mediation contributes to making transitional gov- ernments workable and, as much as possible, ensures that they gradually lead to more inclusive political processes. KEYWORDS: mediation, peacebuild- ing, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01602005
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Abstract

Global Governance 16 (2010), 243–263 SPECIAL FOCUS Mediation, Political Engagement, and Peacebuilding Katia Papagianni This article argues that mediation and political engagement by third parties can contribute to peacebuilding by strengthening the political processes in countries exiting civil conflict. Third-party engagement can create the po- litical space within which long-term reconstruction, development, and rec- onciliation issues can be discussed among national actors. Given that peace agreements are frequently mere cease-fires representing short-term deals among elites, mediation and political engagement can assist the transfor- mation of these deals into long-term commitments and inclusive national politics. Specifically, mediation can contribute to peacebuilding in three ways. First, mediators contribute to peacebuilding by working toward peace agreements that serve as frameworks for the opening up of the political process as opposed to agreements that lock in detailed, long-term gover- nance models and concentrate power in the hands of the wartime elites. Second, in the period immediately following the signing of peace agree- ments, mediation helps parties adhere to the agreements and settle any remaining issues. Third, mediation contributes to making transitional gov- ernments workable and, as much as possible, ensures that they gradually lead to more inclusive political processes. KEYWORDS: mediation, peacebuild- ing,

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Dec 19, 2010

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