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

23 January 2017

Launch of Report: Governance mechanisms in opposition-held areas in Syria

A new report on governance mechanisms in opposition-held areas in Syria was launched at Polit-Forum Käfigturm in Bern. 

15 - 16 January 2017

Basel Peace Forum

The Basel Peace Forum 2017 took place in Basel and intended to inspire new and unconventional ideas for peacebuilding. Carefully selected leading personalities and decision-makers from business, diplomacy, academia, and civil society were invited to discuss innovative peacebuilding. Website.

CEG, swisspeace, 2016

Proceso de paz en Guatemala: un estudio de caso sobre la negociación y el proceso de diálogo nacional en Guatemala

Case study produced to develop a Handbook on National Dialogue by Berghof Foundation and swisspeace. Download (Spanish)

Telebasel, 19 December 2016

Laurent Goetschel über den Krieg in Syrien

Laurent Goetschel gave an interview on the situtation in Syria on the TV station Telebasel. Watch (German)

Robert Bosch Stiftung, 15 December 2016

Zivilgesellschaftliche Perspektiven auf den ukrainisch-russischen Friedensprozess

Cecile Druey gave an interview about her project on the role of the civil society in the Ukrainian-Russian peace process. Listen (German)