Understanding the Transition: A Challenge and Opportunity for Mediators
The Arab Spring has reminded us of the importance of properly understanding the tasks, pace and sequencing of the political transition that follows the cessation of conflict or collapse of authoritarian regimes. Transitions are bridges between old and new political orders, and it is essential that they should be resilient to a wide range of potential challenges. This paper addresses the challenges for mediators in designing and supporting transitions, with detailed discussions on issues including sequencing, political inclusiveness and the substance of transitional agreements.
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