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At the End of Military InterventionHistorical, Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Transition, Handover and Withdrawal$
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Robert Johnson and Timothy Clack

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198725015

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198725015.001.0001

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Negotiated agreements in tactical transitions

Negotiated agreements in tactical transitions

The Sangin Accord 2011

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At the End of Military Intervention

Mark Beautement

Oxford University Press

In 2011, Sangin District, in Helmand Province was considered the most dangerous place not only in Afghanistan but the whole world. Nevertheless, Afghan Government officials received a written offer of peace from the principal local grouping aligned to the Taliban on 29 May 2010, before NATO’s surge, or Sangin’s handover from UK to US forces. This offer evolved into the local negotiated agreement known as the Sangin Accord, announced in January 2011. This chapter considers relationships between motivations for negotiation and international policy and actions, notably military power, stabilization activities, and the co-option and legitimation of enemies. It compares explanations for negotiated agreements from academic theory and military doctrine, notably I. William Zartman’s ripeness theory and its evolutions, and offers suggestions for other local reintegration or reconciliation scenarios.

Keywords:   Sangin, ripeness, local, negotiation, Accord, Zartman, reintegration, reconciliation, co-option, legitimacy

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