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

Europäisches BurgerInnen Forum, November 2015

Ukraine/Russland: Journalismus im Konflikt

Article by Eliane Fitzé in Archipelausgabe 242 (11/2015). German/ French

November 2015

Newsletter: Syria - Beyond War (November 2015 Edition)

Read the pdf in English.

Simon Mason, Anna Hess, Rachel Gasser, Julia Palmiano Federer, 2015

Gender in Mediation: An Exercise Handbook for Trainers

Exercise handbook published by the Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich, and swisspeace. Download

Radio RaBe, 06 July 2015

Elections in Myanmar

Interview with Julia Palmiano Federer, Program Officer at swisspeace, on the elections and the peace process in Myanmar. Podcast

12-14 October 2015

11th annual MSN meeting

swisspeace staff participated in the 11th annual meeting of the Mediation Support Network (MSN), held from 12-14 October 2015 at The Carter Center in Atlanta on the the topic of 'Challenges to Peacemaking and Mediation Support in a Hot War'.