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Reconciliation Challenges

  • Alpaslan Özerdem
  • Sukanya Podder
Part of the Rethinking Political Violence Series book series (RPV)

Abstract

One of the tragic ironies of civil conflict is that in the majority of instances, as part of a process towards securing a lasting and credible peace, people on all sides must eventually turn their attention towards learning to live together again. Victims, perpetrators and others in war-affected communities begin the formidable task of reconciling with one another, politically and interpersonally, re-framing and re-humanizing their opposite numbers, rebuilding trust and accountability and coming to terms with the legacies of the past. A major challenge for post-conflict societies and for the international and local specialists rendering their services is how to encourage this rebuilding of relationships. How can the abstract concept of reconciliation be made meaningful in post-conflict lived reality, especially when in the minds of many people discourses of reconciliation may seem futile, or at least be deeply contested? And how do we resource this work with appropriate theoretical and legal frameworks and with the other tools and mechanisms needed to facilitate reconciliation processes? More importantly, there is a need to focus on unique or specific challenges of reconciliation that are inherent to different conflict-affected groups such as women, displaced communities, combatants and youth. Therefore, the main objective of this chapter is to argue that youth face or create unique reconciliation challenges after war.

Keywords

Transitional Justice Justice Process International Criminal Tribunal Truth Commission Reconciliation Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alpaslan Özerdem
    • 1
  • Sukanya Podder
    • 2
  1. 1.Coventry UniversityUK
  2. 2.Centre for International Security and Resilience (CISR)Cranfield UniversityUK

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