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In a large number of contemporary peace processes in civil wars voices have been raised to involve stakeholders from civil society, such as women’s groups, human rights groups, or religious associations. What do we know about how civil society participation – both inside and outside of the formal peace negotiations – can help sustain peace efforts? 

As part of the Howard Baker Center's Global Security Lecture SeriesDr. Desiree Nilsson will present her recent work on this issue exploring both the type of civil society actors involved, as well as their different roles during peace processes, for example, attendance at the formal negotiations, parallel negotiation forums, or mass demonstrations. 

Nilsson is an Associate Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. Her primary research interest is multiparty dynamics and conflict resolution, including the inclusive peace processes, rebel group fragmentation, and peacekeeping operations. 

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