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“Coexistence Ceasefire” in Mindanao
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2019 (English)In: Peace and Change, ISSN 0149-0508, E-ISSN 1468-0130Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In the peace and conflict literature, a ceasefire is often conceived as an event or an outcome of an armed conflict. In this paper, I argue that we can gain a better understanding of ceasefires by approaching them as dynamic processes of change and by exploring patterns of interactions and changing relationships in the context of ceasefire. I use this approach in a case study of the ceasefire between the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao. I suggest that the Mindanao ceasefire can be conceptualized as a form of “coexistence ceasefire,” and I trace the development of the particular ceasefire structure and interactions to features of the armed conflict, including its territorial dimension and the presence of multiple sources of violence. The paper contributes a new and more nuanced way of studying ceasefires that provides a better understanding of their characteristics and dynamics and of how they shape and in turn are shaped by the broader conflict landscape.

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2019.
Keywords [en]
ceasefire; peace agreement; peace process; Mindanao
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-162997OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-162997DiVA, id: diva2:1348605
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Aggravating conflicts or paving the way to peace? The role and impact of ceasefire agreements in relation to peace processes and comprehensive peace accords, Swedish Research CouncilVarieties of Peace, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
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Swedish Research Council, 2015-00527Available from: 2019-09-04 Created: 2019-09-04 Last updated: 2019-09-10

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