National Dialogue Project

To launch the 'National Dialogue Handbook - A Guide for Practitioners’ in Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and swisspeace invite to the Geneva Peace Week event on

„National Dialogues as platforms for peaceful conflict transformation – a
suitable approach for Syria?“

8 November 2017, 17h00-18h30, Palais des Nations, Room IX

In order to attend the event you will need to register online for a Geneva Peace Week pass to access the building. Registration deadline: 1 November 2017. More information // Direct registration.


In a conflict-torn society, National Dialogues present one viable way to overcome internal rifts and to rebuild relations between the state, its institutions and different groups. National Dialogues can help to establish a new social contract between the various parties to the conflict and achieve a national consensus.

How can this instrument be used in an ongoing armed conflict, to prevent it from deteriorating and to promote transformation towards peace? The panel will discuss this question in the context of Syria. In particular, it will explore the prospects for national dialogue in Syria and the conditions under which it can become a feasible option in the political process.

Simultaneous translations for Arabic-English and English-Arabic will be provided.






Welcoming Remarks

Stéphane Rey, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs


Ekkehard Brose (tbc), German Foreign Office

Short Presentation of the National Dialogue Handbook – A Guide for Practitioners

Luxshi Vimalarajah (tbc), Berghof Foundation



Panel discussion on opportunities and risks of a national dialogue in Syria

Moderator: Laurent Goetschel, swisspeace

Panelist: Anas Joudeh, Nation Building Movement

Panelist: Sam Heller, The Century Foundation

Panelist: Jomana Bazboz, International Supporting Women Association

Panelist: Assaad Al-Achi, Baytna Syria

Open discussion




Geneva Peace Week Program


   Panel is hosted in cooperation with:      

swisspeace courses

See also our 5-day course on National Dialogue & Peace Mediation which will be held in Basel from January 29, 2018  to February 2, 2018.  This course is hosted by swisspeace and the Berghof Foundation.