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
Matthias Siegfried and Simon Mason, 2013
Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in Peace Processes (Chapter 3)
In: Managing Peace Processes. Process related questions, Vol. 1, pp. 57-78. Link.
swissinfo.ch, 10 May 2013
Negotiating the “crowded field” of mediation
SRF1, 21 April 2013
Short Input about the Situation in Myanmar
Interview with Rachel Gasser on the SRF Tagesschau. Link.
David Lanz and Rachel Gasser, 2013
A Crowded Field: Competition and Coordination in International Peace Mediation
Mediation Arguments, no. 2. Centre for Mediation in Africa/University of Pretoria. Link.
Basic negotiation course, March 2013, Schranner Negotiation Institute. Details.