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Securing Stability Through Peace Agreements

State Function: Security
Insight & Analysis: Fragility & Peace

The recent increase in the number of major global conflicts calls for a re-examination of how such violence can end and how peace can be sustained. Although peace agreements have a mixed historical success, their frequent use and potential to set the structural and institutional conditions for inclusive peace cannot be ignored. Building on previous research from ISE, this paper analyzes all major peace agreements from the end of the Cold War through 2018, presents a typology of statebuilding strategies within peacemaking instruments; summarizes building blocks for peacebuilding; and argues for a peace agreements process that focuses on key state functions.