• Events

    Adelphi Book Launch: Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups

    01 September 2016. 

    Book Launch
    Dr Samir Puri, Lecturer, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 1 September 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Expert Commentary

    War on the Rocks: "Assad or we burn the country"

    24 August 2016.  By Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Prior to the uprising that ignited in Syria in 2011, whenever I discussed politics with my urbanite Syrian interlocutors, they would often tell me: "You, the Lebanese, you are violent, corrupt, sectarian, with no sense of a nation or a state." (I also noted that Iraqis would endure similar lecturing). Frankly, they were largely right, but their real point lay somewhere else. The...

  • Events

    Transitioning from Colombia’s Long War

    27 July 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    HE Néstor Osorio Londoño, Colombia’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom
    Dr Samir Puri, Lecturer, King's College London; author of upcoming Adelphi book Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups
    Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS
    Gwen Burnyeat, Wolfson Scholar, PhD Student, University College London
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 27 July 2016, 12–1.30PM BST

  • IISS Voices

    Anastasia Voronkova: One year after the Mali peace agreement, peace is still remote

    12 July 2016.  A year after the Algiers Peace Accord was signed in Mali on 20 June 2015, the peacemaking process continues at a slow pace while prospects of a renewed civil war grow

  • ACD Insight

    One year after the Mali peace agreement, peace is still remote

    12 July 2016.  A year after the Algiers Peace Accord was signed in Mali on 20 June 2015, the peacemaking process continues at a slow pace while prospects of a renewed civil war grow

  • Events

    IISS–CIRSD Roundtable: 100 years after Sykes–Picot

    11 July 2016. 

    Off-the-record discussion
    Monday 11 July 2016

  • Events

    India’s Policies Towards Pakistan and Afghanistan: Challenges and Opportunities

    08 July 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Rana Banerji, former Special Secretary in the Research and Analysis Wing, India
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 8 July 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter One: The difficulties of accommodating or eliminating armed groups

    04 July 2016. 

    Many states aspire to end their confrontations with armed groups, but a decisive outcome can be painstakingly hard to secure. This is true whether a state is working towards politically accommodating an armed group or towards its elimination. Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka are, respectively, examples of what this can involve. How did the UK overcome the challenges of Northern Ireland to secure a political solution? Conversely, how did Sri Lanka's mixture of responses culminate in a violent outcome? These questions are addressed in this chapter. 

  • Adelphi Books

    Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups

    04 July 2016. 

    Fighting and talking with armed groups can take many forms. Some states have fought, negotiated and then fought again. Others have fought and negotiated simultaneously. There are also instances of states facing multiple armed groups that have taken a discriminatory approach, fighting some while negotiating with others. This Adelphi draws on a number of different cases across the globe to examine what constitutes an effective and realistic strategy for dealing with armed groups, and develops a framework to help policymakers and analysts to understand the challenges involved in using a combination of coercion and diplomacy.

  • Strategic Comments

    Colombia: the fraught end of a long war

    29 June 2016. 

    The ceasefire announced last week between the Colombian government and the FARC, ending 50 years of destructive war, will be followed soon by a final accord and a plebiscite, which is likely to ratify the accord. While these developments are welcome, the Colombian people remain resentful of the FARC's legitimisation and sceptical about the accord's sustainability. Implementation will be a stiff and ongoing challenge.

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