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Negotiating statehood through ceasefires: Syria’s de-escalation zones

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posted on 24.11.2020, 03:27 authored by Marika SosnowskiMarika Sosnowski
© 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper examines how ceasefires can influence elements of statehood. It adds to scholarship that views statehood as being in a continuous process of change by conceptualising international ceasefires as the negotiation of an embryonic type of wartime order that has ramifications for how power and authority are dispersed among competing actors in civil war. Through the example of the Syrian de-escalation zones, the paper suggests that the ceasefire not only affected the use of violence but recalibrated relations between international and local actors for control over diplomacy, security, territory, and citizenship.


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Small Wars and Insurgencies




Taylor & Francis



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