Engaging Armed Groups in the Pursuit of Peace
This roundtable will examine the challenges around engaging with non-state armed groups (NSAGs) in the pursuit of peace.
Looking at recent examples from practitioners, both within and outside of government, the meeting will look at the merits and the political, legal and operational challenges of different forms of non-violent engagement with NSAGs, including proscribed groups.
It will discuss the factors shaping the political appetite for engagement and share new research into public attitudes in the UK, US and Germany to engagement with armed groups, including proscribed groups, to further peace.
It will consider how anti-terrorism laws, regulations and policy shape the practice of mediators and peacebuilders. Practical and policy-relevant conclusions and ideas will inform an ongoing dialogue on operating within high-risk contexts between the UK government and international NGOs.
This roundtable is jointly hosted with Conciliation Resources.