Getting the technical aspects of a ceasefire agreement right is a key step.

Yet with the decrease in comprehensive peace agreements, the question remains: How to link ceasefires to an increasingly diverse set of possible political processes?

In this Mediation Support Network (MSN) commentary, Simon J. A. Mason from ETH Zurich and Govinda Clayton from HD look at what ceasefires are and how they relate to peace mediation.

The article reflects perspectives from the recent MSN meeting on the Guidance on Mediation of Ceasefires published by the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. 

Read the full commentary here.

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