The second Insight publication in the Accord series looks at the interactions between armed groups and local populations. Case studies from Syria, Colombia, northern Uganda and Northern Ireland document how and why local communities interact with armed groups and explore what challenges are involved.
The case studies highlight the risks communities take, but also the resilience and innovation involved in trying to influence armed groups apparently set on violence. They show how active community engagement makes important contributions to local human security and peacebuilding, and to armed groups’ transformation.
The study can be accessed here.