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Peace as Governance

Power-Sharing, Armed Groups and Contemporary Peace Negotiations


Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Chandra Lekha Sriram
    Pages 44-71
  3. Chandra Lekha Sriram
    Pages 143-180
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 193-220

About this book


A critical study of incentives commonly used to induce non-state armed groups to engage in peace negotiations. Offers a closer analysis of these incentives, which offer such groups a place or a stake in governance, suggesting that not only are they frequently ineffective, but that they can have unintended and dangerous side effects.


conflict Conflict Resolution Governance Peace peace negotiations Peacebuilding

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of East LondonUK

About the authors

CHANDRA LEKHA SRIRAM is Professor of Human Rights at the University of East London, UK. She has previously taught at the University of St. Andrews and the University of Maryland, and worked at the International Peace Academy. She is author of various books and journal articles on international relations, international law, human rights and conflict prevention and peacebuilding. She founded the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, an interdisciplinary research centre, in 2006.

Bibliographic information


'A thoughtful and well-designed study of a vitally important issue in building a peace after civil war. Should armed groups be included in the postwar settlement and share power? Chandra Sriram explores this challenging question with in-depth case studies of the conflicts in Sri Lanka, Sudan and Colombia. Every specialist and every practitioner would benefit from reading her cautionary words.' - Michael W. Doyle, Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law and Political Science, Columbia University, and co-author of Making War and Building Peace