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

11 - 12 September 2014

Third Annual Conference on Critical Peace and Conflict Studies

swisspeace experts Sara Hellmüller and Martina Santschi participated at the Third Annual Conference of the International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies and the ECPR Standing Group on Critical Peace and Conflict Studies in Manchester.

Sara Hellmüller, 2014

République démocratique du Congo. Une lueur d’espoir ?

in: Diplomatie, Nr. 69/2014: 8-12. Link.

Mandate for the European External Action Service, 2014-2018

Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Mediation Support for EEAS

In consortium with the Berghof Foundation, ESSEC-IRENE, mediatEUr and CITpax, swisspeace has been awarded a framework contract to provide external expertise and support to the European External Action Service - EEAS. For the next 4 years, swisspeace will be supporting their work on conflict prevention, peacebuilding and mediation.

18-22 August 2014

IGAD Mediators Course on Mediation in Uganda

swisspeace's Mediation team supported the first IGAD Mediators Course in Uganda as one of the main course instructors. Link.

Eleven, 24 August 2014

Lack of women involved in peace process ‘prevents them from becoming empowered’

Article by Eleven, primary news media in Myanmar, on swisspeace Catalyzing Reflection "Looking at the Current Peace Process in Myanmar through a Gender Lens”, written by Salai Isaac Khen and Muk Yin Haung Nyoi. Link.