Dr. Amaral is conducting a postdoctoral research project titled ‘A Public Peace Process? Cooperation Disclosure in Peace Negotiations in Colombia and Northern Ireland’, funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research (https://bundesstiftung-friedensforschung.de/). Her research seeks to uncover why cooperation and progress in peace negotiations is commonly concealed from the public while peace negotiations are ongoing. To this end, it compares cooperation disclosure during the Colombian ‘Havana negotiations’ (2012-2016) and the Good Friday Agreement negotiations in Northern Ireland (1996-1998). Its findings will contribute to existing academic debates on the need for secret versus more open and inclusive peace negotiations and inform practitioners on how to devise peacemaking practices that promote the transformation of conflict at the local level.
2019. Making Peace with Referendums: Cyprus and Northern Ireland. New York: Syracuse University Press.
(Forthcoming) ‘Peacemaking Referendums: Advantages and Challenges for Peace Processes’. In Contemporary Peacemaking: Conflict, Peace Processes and Post-war Reconstruction, edited by Roger Mac Ginty and Anthony Wanis-St. John, 3rd edition. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
2018. ‘Do Peace Negotiations Shape Settlement Referendums? The Annan Plan and Good Friday Agreement Experiences Compared‘, Cooperation and Conflict, 53 (3): 356-374. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0010836717737569
2015. ‘Pre-Emptive or Preventive Mediation? High-Level Mediation in the Widened Preventive Diplomacy Agenda’, CCS Working Paper n.19, Centre for Conflict Studies, University of Marburg.
2013. ‘Multiparty Mediation in Cyprus 1963-1964‘, The Cyprus Review, 25 (2): 73-88. http://cyprusreview.org/index.php/cr/article/view/109/76
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