Talking to "Bad People": How Much Realpolitik Is Too Much for Peacemakers?
by Richard Gowan
In his latest article for World Politics Review, Richard Gowan analyzes a new study commissioned by Britain's Stabilization Unit, a government office formed in the wake of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He explains that the new report, drafted by independent experts, focuses on how power brokers in war-torn countries strike political deals. The report argues that violence can be "stabilized", if not necessarily brought to a total halt, when political, economic or security elites make concrete bargains over how to divide up power and resources.
Read the full World Politics Review article here.