Innovation and citizens’ participation in peacebuilding processes: necessary reconfigurations for conflict resolution

In order to debunk harmful and deep-seated myths constantly reaffirmed by traditional methods of conflict resolution and give way to new, more efficient and inclusive approaches, Cecilia Milesi proposes a deconstruction of the current model. This Policy Brief is divided into three sections. The first and second sections deal with the current model, its criticisms and the arguments in favor of a reconfiguration. In the third section, Milesi moves on to analyze two case studies, the peace processes of Colombia and the Philippines, and propose alternatives to processes marked by militarization and exclusion. The author seeks to call attention, thus, to the necessity of focusing on conflicts’ root causes and the importance of addressing them through participatory, transparent solutions.

This PB is available in Spanish and English.