Monthly Archives: May 2014

Entry points in international mediation – Ripeness in Syria?

The professional mediation community tries to make sensitive assessments about when and how and even if to intervene in a conflict situation. Albeit some argue that any intervention should be done with a mandate and keeping the Do No Harm … Continue reading

Posted in conflict resolution, education, mediation | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mediation knowledge – The role of third parties in mediation processes

The Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF) has provided an interesting article and reminder about the effectiveness of third parties in mediated processes. A very good and useful article to continue the debate on how to link process and outcome in … Continue reading

Posted in conflict resolution, education, mediation | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A Culture of Intervention – towards a new debate

Since the end of the Cold War era, the international community has gained a bit more space to maneuver in the quite opaque realm of interventions in conflict environments. On the one hand, we find the most potent powers to … Continue reading

Posted in conflict resolution, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Defining ‘terrorism’

The WWW does surprise us with at times useful, trivial or non-sense information. Knowing your interests and knowing your research question allows you to find some real gems – such as this piece on ‘What is terrorism’ – a good … Continue reading

Posted in conflict resolution, education | Tagged | Leave a comment

Sisyphos’s task in the DRC

While working on a mediation support task during the Kampala talks, it became quite evident, that the surprising-not-so-surprising victory of the FARDC over the M23 rebel movement would be a momentous event, not necessarily followed by a thorough process of … Continue reading

Posted in conflict resolution, education, mediation | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Negotiating the pitfalls of civil wars – the notion of strategic deceit

Whilst mediation is being hailed as viable tool and solution for overcoming violent conflict and bringing parties to the table (even in the most violent of conflicts), there has to be a moment where parties do get together to find … Continue reading

Posted in conflict resolution, mediation | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment