Mediators are faced with many dilemmas when helping to negotiate ceasefires. Those range from dealing with the differing interests of the parties to the conflict, to the way in which a ceasefire may be integrated into a wider peace process, and whether the question of disarmament of armed groups should be addressed in the framework of such agreements.

In Negotiating ceasefires, the third publication in the Mediation Practice Series, Luc Chounet-Cambas examines how ceasefires, as one element in a wider process, are negotiated by third parties and how such agreements may facilitate the transition from war to peace. The author examines in particular the purpose of ceasefire agreements, challenges faced by mediators in their negotiation, and what options are available to them.