Since the end of the Cold War a significant number of peace agreements have been reached, including in conflicts that were previously thought beyond resolution. These agreements have displayed a great deal of ingenuity when it comes to engineering compromises that address both individual aspirations and collective grievances and fears. Yet there has been no detailed, systematic analysis of their content. Some of the separate elements of their institutional designs have been scrutinised, but they have not been analysed as a package, which is necessary in order to understand why a compromise was possible and the effect on longer-term stability. The interaction between the content of these agreements and the negotiation process is, moreover, often neglected. Based on in-depth case studies and a systematic analysis of peace agreements signed in separatist conflicts between 1990 and 2010, this projects aims to fill this gap.
This project is funded by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.
Research Starts: 01/09/2014
Research Ends: 30/09/2015