How guns fall silent: analysing examples of relative success in integrated stabilisation

This report explores processes of stabilisation that have helped societies that have experienced violence by criminal and proscribed groups become more stable. It examines the potential of more ‘integrated’ stabilisation processes that grapple with the political, social and economic dimensions of crises, not just the military-security aspects.

Building on Saferworld’s previous research in Kenya, we look at cases when people made progress to tackle complex conflicts in three other contexts: Colombia (2010–2016), Iraq (2006–2008) and Northern Ireland (1981–1998). In each case, we examine what worked, why it did, and with what caveats, to inform the approach of leaders and practitioners. We also outline five critical common elements for achieving sustainable peace.

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