Tajikistan Peace Negotiations – by Conor McAuliffe

The 1997 peace accord that ended Tajikistan’s civil war was the culmination of a hard‐fought, three‐year‐long negotiation process – a process characterized by extended periods of deadlock, often interrupted by spasms of violence between the warring parties. The United Nations‐sponsored talks dragged on for two and a half years before internal and external forces combined to create the necessary conditions for agreement. What were these forces? How did these forces transform a negotiation deadlock into a final settlement in the course of less than six months? What can this case tell us about the viability of agreements reached under pressure?

Conor McAuliffe, Fletcher MALD December 2006, is a second‐year student concentrating on international security studies and public international law. His upcoming MALD thesis focuses on the Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan.

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