STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

The Indian Experience of Conflict Resolution in Mizoram

Volume: 
33
Issue: 
4
Articles
July 2009

The case of Mizoram in India provides informative lessons for conflict resolution. Factors such as addressing the root causes of the conflict, de-escalation in violence, empathizing with the conflicting actor, surrender policy for insurgents, indigenous mediators, absence of peace-spoilers, strengthening of local institutions, formation of a pan-Mizo identity and limited 'use of force' policy all played a role in establishing peace in Mizoram. This article posits that the Mizo peace process can act as a guide, if not model, for peaceful resolution of ongoing conflicts in India and the world.