When I recently interviewed several experts on stabilisation approaches for a research project mediatEUr was requested to carry out for the EEAS, one definition of the term stuck with me for a very long time: “Stabilisaton is about people regaining harmony; it is about societies being able to reorganise their lives together”.
Last year, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Initiatives for Change retreat on Land, Lives and Peace in Caux, Switzerland. A seemingly unlikely choice for me, but since I was involved in the Aceh peace process, the nexus between land and conflict was something of interest to me. Side by side with botanists, scientists and UN bureaucrats in the grand halls of Caux Peace Palace, I gave my perspective on the role of international peace mediation and the linkages with land degradation. My key point was this: mediation is about making the “pie” (the contentious issue) bigger, and land restoration – enhancing the usability of degraded land – is pretty much the same practice. Bringing degradation issues…
Presentation by Dr. Antje Herrberg, MediatEUr, at the occasion of the conference "Mediation: Possibilities and Limits, Recent Experiences in the Pursuit of Peace" International High Level Conference hosted by Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Didier Reynders.
Недавно на миротворческой конференции в Ко, Швейцарии, одна женщина, которая живет в Крыму, узнала, что я родом из Москвы и сейчас работаю в Украине, поддерживая диалоги. “Так ты про-российский или про-украинский?” – спросила она меня сразу. Я Вам расскажу, что я ей сказал, но сначала немного исходной информации.
Monday, 05 September 2016 14:48

So am I pro-Russian or pro-Ukrainian?

At a recent peacebuilding conference in Caux, Switzerland, a woman who lives in Crimea found out that I am originally from Moscow, now working on supporting dialogues in Ukraine. "So are you pro-Russian or pro-Ukrainian?", she asked immediately. I will tell you what I told her but first, a bit of background.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 10:46

Brexit and the new populism

    Still hungover from the recent “Brexit” vote, the world attends with a mix of anticipation and anxiety the nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican candidate in the US – two economic and political powerhouses taking a turn inwards, looking for easy answers to some of our globalised world’s most difficult questions. Where does dialogue fit in all of this? Wearing both his hats as a dialogue practitioner and a British citizen, mediatEUr’s Martin Leng explores the implications of Brexit and reflects on what the rise of populist politics says about our capacity to listen to each other.   No two letters raise the British national blood pressure quite like “EU.” I know, because I’m British too. We’ve…
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