A new report from CSIS, The Uncertain Transition from Stability to Peace, assess four post-conflict countries in order to understand how a country can move from violence to stability, and then to peace.
The case studies, namely Chad, El Salvador, Laos and Mozambique include countries that have experienced violent conflict but have emerged from it differently. Chad remains stuck in a cycle of violence, while the other three have emerged from violence to stability.
The report makes an important distinction between stability and peace. CSIS have used positive peace framework developed by the Institute for Economics and Peace to understand the structural changes post conflict societies need to make in order to absorb violence or the criminal motives driving it.
Peace is therefore not just the absence of violence that a peace agreement might foster, but the presence of the attitudes, structures and institutions that enable a society to resolve conflict through non-violent means.
Our latest research report, the Pillars of Peace, explores the attitudes and institutions that underpin peaceful societies.
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