Mediation has become a very prominent way of dealing with protracted and violent conflicts. swisspeace supports mediators and conflict parties in gaining knowledge and skills for effective dialogue and negotiations with the aim to make peace processes more legitimate. Therefore, the Mediation Program undertakes research, provides expert support such as workshop and concept development, and conducts trainings on strategy development, skills training or one-on-one coaching including for the United Nations, the EU and the FDFA.

The biggest project of the Mediation Program at swisspeace currently is:

The Mediation Support Project (MSP) helps the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (Political Division IV) building its mediation capacity. The MSP is a joint venture between swisspeace and the Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich. Learn more

Latest Activities and Publications

David Lanz, Jamie Pring, Corinne von Burg, Mathias Zeller

Understanding Mediation Support Structures

swisspeace Report, October 2017. Download.

KOFF, MSP & PWAG Masters Class, 1 November 2017

A Practitioner's Workshop on Gender and Peacebuilding

The Swiss platform for peacebuilindg (KOFF), the Mediation Support Project (MSP) and Peace Women Across the Globe (PWAG) will host a Masters Class for experts in peacebuilding on Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 09.00 - 13.00 in Bern. Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer is a political scientist at the University of the Philippines, the current chairperson of the peace panel of the Government of the Philippines in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the first female chief negotiator to sign a final peace accord with a rebel group. She will lecture on the incorporation of a gender perspective in peacebuilding processes. Participation is by invitation only. More information.

Sara Hellmueller, Julia Palmiano Federer, Jamie Pring, 2017

Are Mediators Norm Entrepreneurs? Exploring the Role of Mediators in Norm Diffusion

swisspeace Working Paper 3 | 2017, September 2017, ISBN 978-3-906841-06-9. Order / download.

Sidonia Gabriel, 2017

The Technocracy Trap. Innovation or Technocracy in International Mediation?

Article published in Perspektive Mediation, 3/2017, pp. 153-158. Download.

Mathias Zeller, 2017

Frieden in Kolumbien: Eine Aufgabe für Insider MediatorInnen

Article published in Perspektive Mediation, 3/2017, pp. 159-165. Download.