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By Edward Newman, Oliver Richmond

Many ceasefires and peace agreements in civil clash are at the beginning unsuccessful. a few crumple to renewed, and infrequently escalating, violence. In different situations, peace tactics became interminably protracted. This research techniques the matter by way of focussing on 'spoilers': teams and strategies that actively search to impede or undermine clash payment via various capacity, together with terrorism and violence. It considers why spoilers and spoiling behaviour emerge and the way they are often addressed, drawing upon adventure from Northern eire, the Basque area, Bosnia, Colombia, Israel-Palestine, Cyprus, the Caucasus and Kashmir.

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At War’s End. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; Rasmussen, Mikkel Vedby. 2003. The West, Civil Society, and the Construction of Peace. London: Palgrave; Duffield, Mark. 2001. Global Governance and the New Wars. London: Zed Books. Part I Spoiling, violence, and mediation 1 Internal and external dynamics of spoiling: A negotiation approach Karin Aggestam Introduction Peace processes are often rife with strategic and tactical deception and even those who sign peace agreements may cultivate violence in order to undermine their new ‘‘partners’’ in peace.

It is argued that insiders will only resort to violence if and when the reasons that drove them to accept peace are no more. While some of these reasons are context-specific (availability of resources to restart the war – notably a regional war economy and external patrons3), others are process-specific. In other words, the course of peace 40 UNDERSTANDING THE VIOLENCE OF INSIDERS 41 implementation can generate dissatisfaction among insiders. In order to secure the sustainability of peace, custodians must not only ‘‘neutralize’’ the environment in such a way as to prevent actors from accessing resources that could reignite war, they must also steer peace in such a way as to consolidate insider loyalty to the process.

It focuses on a readiness and flexibility to make concessions, but also fundamentally on a joint search for mutually advantageous alternatives to conflict. Thus a problem-solving approach assumes that infor- INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL DYNAMICS OF SPOILING 29 mation is exchanged in an admissible manner about oneself (needs, interests, priorities), and that the conflict is generally framed as a joint problem, a puzzle that should be resolved. By establishing trust and working relations between the negotiators, joint efforts to identify common interests and values will promote a win-win solution.

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