Projects - Our WorkTechnology for Peace

Building a Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine

In 2012, we began work to assess the possibilities for dialogue in Ukraine. Since June 2015 we are implementing the project "Building a Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine" for the UNDP in Ukraine, a project born of mediatEUr's initiative to support Ukrainian dialogue efforts for sustainable peace. We utilise cutting-edge dialogue technologies to enable country-wide communication and map the main issues and opportunities.
29 July, 2015

Dialogue Guidance Handbook

Can dialogue be defined? What are the steps in a dialogue processes? What are the principles involved? We answer these and other questions in this Dialogue Guidance Handbook. This Handbook is a collection of knowledge and experience from current and former mediatEUr experts and staff, including Antje Herrberg, Juan Díaz, Canan Gündüz and Miguel Varela. It is a living document that we will update regularly, and which we hope will contribute to the development of mediation practice.
22 July, 2015
European Institute of PeacePublications

International Peace Mediation Standards? Reviewing the Field, Charting the Way Ahead

The Concept on Strengthening European Union (EU) Mediation and Dialogue Capacities from 2009 proposes a series of measures to increase EU capabilities in these areas, noting the benefits of adopting mediation as a foreign policy tool for the EU. In parallel, the publication of the Directive 2008/52/EC ‘on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters’ aimed at promoting the use of mediation to facilitate better access to justice, more freedom and increased security. Meanwhile, commercial and dispute mediation have seen much development in standard-setting and professionalisation. Within this…
25 June, 2015

In the Field: Candid Reflections of Two Mediation Experts

The field of international mediation, sometimes also referred to as peace mediation, has been evolving over the last 25 years. It has been grappling both with an increase in intra-state and identity-based conflicts and the need for post conflict reconciliation in divided societies. The United Nations (UN) has been at the forefront of these developments holding UN Security Council thematic meetings, adopting several seminal documents on mediation, and creating a Mediation Support Unit (MSU). Furthermore, it established the first full-time ‘standby team’ of mediation experts that can rapidly deploy anywhere…
1 June, 2015

The Mediative Side of a Chief Negotiator: Challenges and Benefits of Insider Mediators

“The first rule of diplomacy is that the really difficult negotiations are with your own side.” The Mediative Side of a Chief Negotiator: Challenges and Benefits of Insider Mediators Summary and key lessons from a debrieng with former Downing Street chief of staff, Jonathan Powell, on the Northern Irish peace process Mediators do not resolve conflicts; rather, people within conflicts solve them. Mediators simply make a contribution to the management or resolution of conflict. The evolution of peace in Northern Ireland moved incrementally over decades. Like the conflict, peace was primarily rooted within the people of Northern Ireland and their…
2 May, 2015
Blog Posts - Words of Peace

The Quality of Our Attention

"A mediator is a sensitive outsider. Their presence in a situation of conflict or disturbance can bring a quality of attention to people who might otherwise feel lost, hopeless or, even, anaesthetised from their own suffering." A presentation given by mediatEUr Senior Associate Brendan McAllister at the conference ‘Conflict Resolution: Peace, Practice, Perspectives – Celebrating Women as ADR Leaders’ in Dublin for the International Women's Day, 8 March 2013. Good afternoon everyone.  “Conservation of energy is the function of form. Without form, meaning leaks out and drains away in time.”  So spoke Michael Longley, the Ulster…
12 March, 2015
HandbookPublicationsScoping and Reviews

Scoping Missions Handbook

This lessons-learned document on mediation scoping missions was developed by mediatEUr staff as a follow-up to the scoping missions developed by the organisation in the context of mediatEUr’s project to support a European Institute of Peace (EIP). It is aimed at understanding the benefits and challenges of scoping missions, a tool used to assess the potential for mediation in specific conflict contexts, the primary focus of the EIP.   The guidance paper looks into some of the key concepts for mediation scoping: what is the definition of scoping? What are the main stages? What should…
1 March, 2015
Annual ReportPublications

Annual Report 2014

2014, Mediation Support in Transition When do transitions require mediation? When is the best moment to intervene, engage and support, and how do we do it?  How do we evaluate the best moment for engagement in a peace process? Did efforts actually support, create and sustain peace? What institutions and organisations, what people and advocates do we need in order to produce more peace? How can we resource ourselves to be able to provide our services to those in need? At mediatEUr, we provided our humble contribution to world peace…
1 February, 2015
PublicationsScoping and ReviewsUN Standby Team

The Evolution of the United Nations Standby Team of Mediation Experts in Context

This synthesis report considers trends and issues in the context of international peace mediation and mediation support, and related them to the past, present and future operational needs of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, specifically to the Standby Team of Mediation Experts. In the last seven years, the mediation support field enjoyed an associated increase in the number of actors and a growing awareness of the complexity of the practice with a view to achieving sustainable peace. There is an increased tendency for indigenous mediation practice and for…
1 February, 2015
PublicationsScoping and Reviews

Third Party Inquiries: Lessons Learned from the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission of 2011

"A journey of a single step begins with a thousand miles". The teaching ascribed to the ancient Chinese philisopher Lao Tzu — "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" — can be turned on its head for the story of the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission (KIC). As an independent international commission with a reconciliation and peacebuilding component in its mandate, and the first of its kind to be allowed into a country in Central Asia, what lessons can the international community learn from the KIC? In June…
1 November, 2014