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Peace talks and peace agreements are efforts to bring an end to conflict through processes of negotiations. Ending a war at the bargaining table has the potential to promote international security by bringing the violence to a quick conclusion and establishing new rules and mechanisms that are intended to prevent the reemergence of conflict. The discussion here provides an overview of the processes of peace talks, with a particular focus on the role of mediators. It then turns to a consideration of some of the common provisions of peace agreements that result from these negotiations.

Peace Talks

For peace talks to be initiated and to generate an agreement, the parties to the conflict must believe that it is in their best interest to pursue compromise rather than ...

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