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What makes peace talks successful? The 4 factors that matter

By Philipp Kastner, Senior Lecturer in International Law, The University of Western Australia
Peace talks that seek to end armed conflicts are underway in several African countries. Because very few conflicts are resolved on the battlefield, negotiations are fundamental. But they often fail. And even when an agreement is concluded, it doesn’t always last.

So what are the factors that lead to successful peace talks?

To start, negotiating peace is complex. If it wasn’t, conflicts would be resolved more quickly and peace would last longer. Recognising this complexity is essential.

Significant expertise has been developed in the field of peace mediation…The Conversation

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