A Pragmatic Pact: Reconciliation and Reintegration in Sierra Leone

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This chapter critically examines the apparent success of reconciliation and reintegration efforts in Sierra Leone. Based on extended fieldwork, it draws attention to a tacitly agreed pact of accommodation between former fighters and wider society, shaped by a pragmatic focus on immediate welfare concerns over and above reflections on the past. The perceived value and utility of formal transitional justice mechanisms are scrutinised from this perspective, and the chapter considers whether a pragmatic approach to the past has led to a ‘negative peace’, in which many ex-combatants avoid reintegration and reconciliation altogether.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvaluating Transitional Justice
Subtitle of host publicationAccountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone
EditorsRebekka Friedman, Kirsten Ainley, Chris Mahony
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Print)9781137468215
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

Publication series

NameRethinking Peace and Conflict Studies


  • Sierra Leone
  • Reconciliation
  • Reintegration
  • Justice
  • Transitional Justice
  • peacebuilding

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