Understanding Ceasefires

Introduction to a special issue of International Peacekeeping, edited by Corinne Bara, Govinda Clayton & Siri Aas Rustad

Ceasefires are arrangements in which conflict parties commit to temporary or permanent cessation of violence. They are a common feature in violent conflict. Between 1989 and 2020, more than 2000 ceasefires were declared globally. Each year, about a third of all ongoing civil conflicts observe at least one ceasefire. Ceasefires are a crucial part of the peacemaking process – a form of confidence building, means of signalling peaceful intentions, and the mechanism that sets out the terms through which armed forces transition from war to peace… continue reading.

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