Negotiation Research: When Breaks from Conflict Build Trust

Research on cease-fires suggests when and how they promote peace.

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Parties engaged in armed conflict often agree to cease-fires as a first step toward negotiating a peaceful resolution. Yet cease-fires and the agreements they inspire often are unstable, as recent conflicts have shown.

In Colombia, for example, where the government and the Marxist guerrilla group FARC have been locked in conflict since 1964, four years of

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