Local agreements as a process: the example of local talks in Homs in Syria
Local agreements as a process: the example of local talks in Homs in Syria

By: Dr Rim Turkmani

Abstract

The article sets out why it is important to conceptualise local agreements as a process of talks that have a value in their own right rather than as a discrete event reached on a particular date. Throughout this process the terms of intermittently negotiated agreements are continuously shaped by two competing logics, the logic of violence and peace. Based on detailed empirical evidence covering six years of local talks in the city of Homs and its Al-Waer suburb, the article shows that even if an agreement is not reached, the mere process of local talks could lead to a steep reduction in the level of violence, fatalities, and an improvement in the standard of living at a time when talks at higher level fail to deliver such results. The article also challenges the main methods of gathering empirical evidence about local peace agreements and discusses potential policy implications.

This article is part of a special issue on local agreements in intractable conflicts.

 

To cite this article: Rim Turkmani (2022): Local agreements as a process: the example of local talks in Homs in Syria, Peacebuilding, DOI: 10.1080/21647259.2022.2032941

 

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