Conflict Resolution and Religious Dimensions of Armed Conflicts

Authored by: Isak Svensson

The Ashgate Research Companion to Religion and Conflict Resolution

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409410898
eBook ISBN: 9781315613505
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041832


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Negotiated settlements represent important ways of regulating armed conflicts. They are at the core of the conflict resolution process where the parties resolve their basic incompatibilities and cease to use force against each other (Wallensteen 2002). Through peace agreements and other forms of negotiated settlements, such as cease fires, the parties can transform their interaction of violence to peace, while finding mechanisms for managing or resolving the distribution of contested resources. There is a rather substantial empirical record, in particular after the end of the Cold War period, of settlement of armed conflicts through negotiations and peace deals. From the period 1989–2005, 38 percent of all intrastate armed conflicts ended through peace agreements or ceasefire (Kreutz 2010).

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