Comment : persuading armed groups to better respect international humanitarian law
Inducing compliance with international humanitarian law : lessons from the African Great Lakes Region
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015
The opportunities and limitations of persuasion remain misunderstood. Many humanitarian workers - and some academics - yearn for some magic formula that could work wonders in no time, but there is no argument that will change commanders or fighters instantly. Unless there is an understanding that persuasion neither starts nor finishes with arguments, any persuasion attempt will likely be fruitless. This chapter details the main steps that can lead to persuading those armed groups that violate the law to change this situation and those that want to respect it to further improve their behaviour.