Peace mediators assist warring parties in finding lasting solutions at the negotiation table. As such, mediation has become an increasingly prominent way for dealing with protracted and often violent conflicts.
Mediation is a complex political endeavor that requires patience and perseverance. Mediators work in teams and rely upon professional support structures. For that reason, many mediation actors (such as the United Nations, the African Union or Switzerland) have set up their own mediation support units that help their mediators to be as effective as possible.
Latest Activities and Publications
Julia Palmiano, 2014
Fighting 'Feminist Fatigue'? Women and Peace Negotiations
SRF4, 20 February 2014
Ukraine: "Die OSZE ist als Vermittlerin geeignet"
In an interview with SRF4, swisspeace Director Laurent Goetschel highlights the potential of OSCE as a mediating actor in the Ukraine. Link.
14-15 February 2014
CAS thematic block on Peace Mediation
The Head of Mediation Support at the Swiss FDFA Murezi Michael and Senior Mediation Expert Julian Hottinger shared their experiences at the CAS thematic block in Basel. More information. Apply now for the CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Course 2014/15.
International Relations and Security Network, 6 February
Mediation Perspectives: Localizing Peace Processes in DR Congo
Blog entry on conflict mediation and peace building processes in DR Congo by Sara Hellmüller. Link
NRC Handelsbald, 29 January 2014
Het land leeft van horloges én praten over vrede (This country lives on watches and peace talks)
Interview with Laurent Goetschel on Swiss mediation efforts. Link.