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

swisspeace, 2017

Mediation Newsletter (1/2017)

Find the latest information about the activities of swisspeace's Mediation team in the new Mediation Newsletter. Link / Registration

Annual Meeting, 27 March - 31 March 2017

Mediation Support Network

swisspeace attended the annual Mediation Support Network reunion hosted in New York. The meeting was dedicated to the theme “The State of the Field of Mediation: New Challenges”. More

13 March - 17 March, 2017

Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding Course

The swisspeace course took place at the University of Basel. It explored how fragility can be countered and statebuilding enhanced to avoid violent conflict. About the course

Center for International Peace Operations ZIF, 2017

Mediation and Diplomacy Coaching

swisspeace, the European Institute for Peace and the UN Standby Mediations Team contributed to a peer coaching for German diplomats and members of parliaments organized by the Centre for International Peace Operations ZIF. More information

29 February - 4 March 2017

National Dialogue & Peace Mediation Course

The swisspeace course took place at the University of Basel. It explored how to design and implement effective national dialogues. About the course