Talking Peace: The Causes and Outcomes of Peace Negotiations in Intrastate Armed conflict

Project Leader Isak Svensson, Ph.D.

Project Period

Spring 2001 - Spring 2006

Project Description

Why do some parties involved in intrastate armed conflict settle their dispute in a negotiated settlement, while others do not? This project elaborates on strategic choice-explanations for three interrelated questions. First, do the conditions under which parties start to negotiate influence the likelihood that they will reach a settlement? Second, under what conditions do unbiased and biased third party mediators influence the likelihood of settlement? Third, does is matter whether biased mediators have sided with the government or with the rebels?

Publications

“Stand by me: Biased third party countries and peace settlements in intrastate armed conflict, 1989-2002”; Paper presented at the European Peace Science Conference, Amsterdam, 9-11 June 2004

“Talking is Not Cheap: Costly signalling on the path to peace settlements in intrastate armed conflict, 1989-2002”; Paper Prepared for the workshop on ‘Resources, Governance Structures, and Civil War,’ European Consortium for Political Research, Uppsala, Sweden 13 –18 April 2004.

“Phases of De-escalation”: Initiating Negotiations and Reaching Agreements in African Intrastate Armed Conflict, 1989 – 2001”, Paper presented at the European Peace Science Conference, June 1- 3 2003, Amsterdam

“The Effect of Olive Branches: Conciliatory Signals in Intrastate Armed Conflicts”. Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, 26 February - 1 March, 2003

“The Peace Process in Sri Lanka”, in Civil Wars: vol 5, no 4, Winter 2002, Frank Cass, London) (co-author: Kristine Höglund)

“Fredsprocessen i Sri Lanka”, Internationella Studier, Nr 4, vintern 2002, Utrikespolitiska Institutet (co-author: Kristine Höglund)

“Krig och fred på Sri Lanka”, Världspolitikens Dagsfrågor, nr 5, 2002, Utrikespolitiska Institutet (co-author: Kristine Höglund)

“Confidence-Building Measures in Intrastate Conflicts: Lessons from the 1994-95 Peace Process in Sri Lanka”, Minor Field Study, No. 14, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, 2001

Main Financial Support

Department of Peace and Conflict Research