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

15 July 2014

Debate Series on the Role of Normative Frameworks in Mediation: Gender

Second round of the newly initiated debate series on the role of norms in mediation processes. This time the debate highlighted the role of gender in mediation practice, featuring experts Susanne Gentz and Annemarie Sancar.

22-26 June 2014

Conference on Inclusive Peacemaking

swisspeace expert Rachel Gasser participated in a conference on inclusive peacemaking in Washington, D.C.

Mandate for UN Women, 2014

Research project on women, peace and security in Myanmar

swisspeace is conducting a 6 months research project on women, peace and security in Myanmar. This project is a joint initiative between swisspeace, the Gender and Development Initiative (GDI) and UN Women.

13 June 2014

KOFF Roundtable on "Catalyzing Reflection on Dialogue Processes in Myanmar"

The three publications of the newly launched swisspeace "Catalyzing Reflection" series on Dialogue Processes among Parties in Myanmar were presented at this roundtable. More info on the "Catalyzing Reflection" series. Catalyzing Reflection 1. Catalyzing Reflection 2. Catalyzing Reflection 3.

Ja Nan Lahtaw, Nang Raw Zahkung, Nang Shan Lahpai, 2014

Civil Society Contributions to Myanmar’s Peace Process

swisspeace Catalyzing Reflection, 3|2014. Download.