Ceasefires − agreements between belligerents to suspend violent hostilities from a specific point in time − are a regular feature in civil conflicts. In Yemen, for example, a fragile, localised ceasefire currently provides the foundations upon which the United Nations is attempting to build a peace process. Numerous local ceasefires now offer some temporary respite to the beleaguered population in Syria, but are also, arguably, serving as a counter-insurgent tool for the Assad regime. While the recent collapse of a ceasefire with the National Liberation Army has led to a notable escalation in violence in Colombia, a nationwide ceasefire agreement between the military regime and numerous ethnic armed organisations in Myanmar has held for almost four years.
During this event, Dr Govinda Clayton and Dr Siri Aas Rustad will discuss what we know − and what we don’t know − about ceasefires in civil wars. They will highlight different types of ceasefire agreements, the varied role that these agreements often play during violent conflict, as well as the contexts in which different types of ceasefires are likely to occur. Finally, they will identify some of the key questions answered and briefly highlight a new research-practice network focused on ceasefires.
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