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After the Ink Dries: Long-Term Postconflict Reconciliation

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

As difficult as it may be to resolve intractable conflicts, the signing of peace accords is just the first step in a no less challenging process of reconciliation. Twenty years after the end of its civil war, El Salvador's postconflict transition remains a flawed work in progress. Northern Ireland's experience since the signing of the Belfast Agreement highlights the importance of both policy and leadership in achieving sustainable peace. And to effectively promote reconciliation, policymakers must better understand the long-term societal impact of intractable conflicts.

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