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
Mandate for UNWomen, 2014
Negotiation Workshops for Women in Myanmar
swisspeace conducted two training workshops on negotiation, communication, and coalition-building skills for Chin and Shan women involved in the current peace process in Myanmar. Link.
30 March - 02 April 2014
Conference on National Dialogue and Mediation Processes
Sara Hellmüller participated in a mediation conference on "peace processes in fragile states, national dialogues and mediation" in Helsinki, with a special focus on Syria, Yemen and Myanmar. Link.
Andreas Ernst, 2014
Local Elections in Kosovo - A Step Closer to "Normalization"?
Critical Reflection following the KOFF Roundtable on the Balkans. Download.
SRF 4, 20 March 2014
"Die Schweiz hat sich bisher sehr gut verhalten"
Interview with swisspeace Director Laurent Goetschel on Swiss government's decision to put on hold talks on a free trade agreement with Russia and its implications for Switzerland's OSCE chairmanship. Link.
20 Minuten online, 19 March 2014
"Die Schweiz ist unter Druck geraten"
Interview with swisspeace Director Laurent Goetschel on Swiss government's decision to put on hold talks on a free trade agreement with Russia. Link.