Category Archives: education

My new mediation study is out!

This paper provides a study of mediation experiences from different periodic and country contexts. It investigates elements that are key to mediation effectiveness. For the expert reader, it provides insights into the complexities of political mediation through four decidedly intricate … Continue reading

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Creative strategies in negotiations, pt. 1

Dear reader. Good to have you back. This post is about creative strategies and approaches for resolving and settling conflicts. Based on my previous experiences during the Kampala Talks in 2013 and ceasefire negotiations with the Darfur Armed Movements, I … Continue reading

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Handbook: African Union Mediation Support

Dear reader. It has been 4 months now, since the African Union Mediation Support Handbook has been disseminated and shared with AU Special Envoys, mediators and mediation teams. The handbook was designed, written and developed with an amazing team at … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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