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

Allison Muehlenbeck, Julia Palmiano Federer, 2016

Women’s Inclusion in Myanmar’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement

Case study, Inclusive Security and swisspeace. Link.

13-14 July 2016

Course on "Mediation in Somalia"

Dominik Balthasar taught a course on "Mediation in Somalia" at the Winter School of the Global South Mediation Unit (GSUM) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

Julia Palmiano Federer, 2016

Navigating International Norms in Peace Mediation

Völkerrechtsblog, July 11 2016. Link.

Die Presse, 29 June 2016

Russland: Frauenaktivistin als „Agentin“ verfolgt

The chairwoman of the organization "Frauen vom Don" (Women of the Don) is confronted with the first trial in accordance with the law on "foreign agents". Valentina Tscherewatenko defends herself. Link (in German).

30 June 2016

Workshop on Mediation at the Global Negotiation Conference

Julia Palmiano Federer gave a workshop on mediation at the Global Negotiation Conference that took place at the University of Bern.