Report coincides with President Biden’s visit to Northern Ireland this week, marking the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement
A new policy brief, released April 11 by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and Yale University’s Jackson School of Global Affairs, offers insight on how sustainable peacebuilding can be practiced.
Drawing on case studies from civil wars, such as those in Colombia, Central African Republic, Guatemala, and Northern Ireland, the brief was written by a team of scholars, practitioners and policy-makers and edited by Josefina Echavarría of the University of Notre Dame and Catherine Panter-Brick and Bisa Williams from Yale University. The policy brief builds on conversations generated during the Colloquium on Strategies for Sustainable Peacebuilding: Implementation and Policy, an event held last November that attracted a diverse pool of attendees with wide-ranging experience as academics and practitioners
“This brief crystallizes new ideas in the field of peacebuilding – such as ways to support the meaningful inclusivity, legitimacy, and sustainability of peace agreements,” said Panter-Brick, the Bruce A. and Davi-Ellen Chabner Professor of Anthropology, Health and Global Affairs at Yale University.
“Peace agreements represent the beginning—not the end—of a reform and reconciliation process that must be inclusive and participatory throughout its duration,” she said.
“Evidence shows that public buy-in of an agreement by a range of stakeholders, including those of local communities directly affected by violence and armed groups, leads to better outcomes.”
The timing of the policy brief’s release complemented President Biden’s visit to Northern Ireland this week, marking the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement that ended decades of violence of the Troubles, an ethno-nationalist conflict that began in the late 1960s.
In another nod to the anniversary, the Kroc Institute and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies will co-host an in-person roundtable on the Good Friday Agreement on April 14 at 3:30 p.m./EDT at the University of Notre Dame. Echavarría will join panelists from Oxford University to discuss peace processes and treaties in a comparative framework. More information can be found here.
Originally published by kroc.nd.edu on April 13, 2023.at