Elite bargains alone cannot end Middle East violence

Short animation explaining why international policymakers must develop strategies to transform elite bargains into accountable political systems.

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Published 23 March 2023 2 minute watch

Elite bargains alone cannot end Middle East violence

— Short animation explaining why international policymakers must develop strategies to transform elite bargains into accountable political systems.

International peacebuilding policies have often used political settlements among elites in a conflict as an incentive to them to lay down arms and govern together.

But these settlements do not guarantee stopping the violence.

The societies of Libya, Iraq, and Lebanon all demonstrate that, in addition to tackling direct violence, it is actually structural violence, such as the harm caused to people because of corruption, which can be a bigger issue to deal with.