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

13 - 14 November 2014

War Economy in Syria

swisspeace, together with the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Syrian Peacebuilding Advisory Unit (SPAU), and supported by the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF) and the Human Security Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) organized a conference on the Syrian War Economy from 13 to 14 November in Basel.

Sara Hellmüller, Corinne von Burg and Mathias Zeller, 2014

Kann Mediation schaden? Konfliktsensitivität in internationalen Friedensverhandlungen

In: Konfliktdynamik, 4/2014. Link.

Mandate for UN Women, 2014

Training Workshops on negotiation, communication and coalition-building skills

swisspeace conducted in collaboration with the Shalom (Nyein) Foundation and UN Women a third and final set of training workshops on negotiation, communication, and coalition-building skills, this time focusing on Bamar, Rakhine and Karen women.

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.