The Impact of UK Counter-Terrorism Legislation on Peace Processes and Mediation with Armed Groups
Constructive engagement with armed groups is not an easy task nor is it guaranteed to result in a positive outcome, but it has emerged as a key policy instrument to end violent conflict and can prove integral to sustainable conflict resolution. At a time when many governments are calling for inclusive political solutions to the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and elsewhere, the impact of counter-terrorism legislation on peace processes and mediation with armed groups has become a key area of deliberation within the UK.
This half day session will look at the rationale for, and challenges of, engaging with armed groups. It will also examine the impact of UK counter-terrorism law on mediation practice and on armed groups' strategic calculus and willingness to engage, as well as the use of proscription in a calibrated and flexible way to support mediation and peace processes.
Attendance is by invitation only.