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
Mediation Newsletter (1/2017)
Arab American University Jenin, 2017-2018
The Arab American University Jenin (AAUJ) and swisspeace are runing a teaching cooperation. In this framework, swisspeace has been teaching two modules in the AAUJ’s MA course on „Conflict Resolution and Development“ in Ramallah.
27 March - 31 March 2017
Annual Meeting 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
23 March 2017
KOFF roundtable on "Peace Agreement in Colombia: What do we learn from Guatemala?"
KOFF discussed the lessons that could be learned from Guatemala's peace process 20 years ago for the ongoing process in Columbia. Civil society representatives from Guatemala and Colombia shared their experience and concluded that it is crucial for the international community not to leave a country after the signing of a peace agreement but to stay and accompany the process further in order to protect vicitms and human rights activits in the long run. Media report (in Spanish).
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