Mediation has become an increasingly prominent way of dealing with protracted, oftentimes violent, conflicts. It is a complex political endeavor that requires patience and perseverance. Mediators work in teams and rely on professional support structures. Many actors in mediation (e.g. United Nations, African Union or Switzerland) have set up their own mediation support units, which help their mediators to be as effective as possible. swisspeace has been actively involved in mediation and dialog for many years. The swisspeace Mediation Program provides training for diplomats, UN staff, mediators and representatives of conflict parties, and supports them behind the scenes to boost the chances of successful and sustainable peace processes.
Latest Activities and Publications
Sara Hellmüller, Corinne von Burg and Mathias Zeller, 2014
Kann Mediation schaden? Konfliktsensitivität in internationalen Friedensverhandlungen
In: Konfliktdynamik, 4/2014. Link.
10 October 2014
High Level Conference on Mediation in the OSCE Area
swisspeace expert Matthias Siegfried took part in the panel on "Inclusive Mediation".
Debate series on norms in mediation processes
As part of a research project in partnership with NOREF, the mediation team is organizing a debate series on the role of norms in mediation processes. They seek to assess how different normative frameworks have influenced mediation practice.
23 September 2014
EEAS Workshop on Colombian peace process
swisspeace expert Lisa Ott took part in the EEAS Workshop on the Colombian peace process and prospects for EU support. More Information on EEAS in Latin America.
15 - 20 September 2014
Workshops on Syrian transition options
swisspeace, The Carter Center, and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF), in collaboration with the Syrian Civil Coalition, organized workshops exploring Syrian transition options.