mediatEUr blog posts touch on issues related to mediation, dialogue, and peace innovation. All blogs posts by mediatEUr members and staff are collected here.

Blog Posts - Words of PeaceMediation Practice

Mediating the implementation of peace agreements: is there a difference?

This post was written by Canan Gündüz "Disputes arising over implementation terms may not just arise between the parties, but also between parties and implementers, and between implementers and other implementers. As a result, and perhaps paradoxically, more mediation may in fact be required at this time, and between more actors, rather than less." Most would agree these days that mediation doesn’t stop with the signing of a peace agreement – or, as Elizabeth Cousens put it, that ‘it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.’ As a result, international guidance now pays…
mediatEUr
2 April, 2013
Blog Posts - Words of PeacePeace and Justice

Northern Ireland: A ‘Peace Process’ or a ‘Process of Peace’? Learning Points for the EU

"Political negotiations need a societal climate that is conducive to peace. Society is like a greenhouse; a peace process is like a plant that grows in the greenhouse. The climatic conditions must become right and must be kept right" Background Between 1995 and 2013 the European Commission undertook three successive funding programmes in support of peacebuilding in Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland. With a population of 2.28 million within their catchment area, the peace programmes disbursed €2billion in support of 22,000 community-based projects over…
mediatEUr
22 February, 2013
Blog Posts - Words of PeacePeace and Justice

The EU Nobel Peace Prize Laureate — Let it Inspire Us

Let the Nobel Peace Prize for the EU inspire us! Today is the 10th of December, the day on which the European Union receives the Peace Nobel Prize. It is a prize hard earned. As Europeans we can be proud of the fact that not only the creation of the European Union, but the work from its citizens made war unthinkable in Europe. At the same time, this achievement is a reminder that much remains to be done, and we must strive for more: more equality of gender, ethnicity and…
Antje Herrberg
10 December, 2012
Blog Posts - Words of PeaceTransitional Justice

Justice in Transition: Dealing with the Past in Peace Processes

This blog was written by David Bloomfield. ‘Transitional justice’ has become an essential part of peacebuilding. As a tool for dealing with a violent past, it has taken centre stage. While there are multiple definitions, they often centre around the judicial and non-judicial approaches for dealing with the legacies of massive and systematic human rights violations, be that in the context of repressive regimes, or armed conflicts. More broadly, justice has a comprehensive role to play in all aspects of peacemaking, and not only as regards post-conflict peacebuilding and dealing with…
mediatEUr
17 July, 2012
Blog Posts - Words of Peace

Mediating electoral violence – key dilemmas and tensions

Election violence has received much attention over recent years. It is seen universally as a vital problem to address within the democratisation process, but its complexities and sensitivities have as yet not been fully addressed: still the international community is faced with the challenge of identifying feasible and timely responses in the face of election-related tensions and violence. This is true for the EU, one of the largest donors and supporters worldwide of electoral assistance and observation in third countries. At least four tensions and dilemmas remain unresolved and constrain…
Antje Herrberg
26 March, 2012
Blog Posts - Words of PeacePeace and Justice

Transitional power-sharing in Libya: what use are lessons from other countries?

This blog post was written by Canan Gündüz The recent announcement of the Libyan National Transitional Council’s 24-minister cabinet reveals a complex power-balance in the interim government between the country’s regions; those who fought during the anti-Gaddafi insurgency; as well as financial interests. Over the coming months, the new cabinet has set itself the urgent tasks of: Providing ‘security, stability and restoration of normal life’ Preparing and holding elections as an important milestone Drafting a new constitution. Recent experience in the DRC and Zimbabwe provides a grim reminder that elections can also be a…
mediatEUr
4 November, 2011
Blog Posts - Words of PeaceMediation Practice

Exploring the role of third parties in the mediation of electoral processes

One of the pillars of the European Union’s external policy is the promotion of democracy. The EU conditions its assistance to the quality of democratic practice, the emblem of which is electoral behaviour and the institutions that support free and fair elections. Democratisation efforts are seen as part and parcel of the EU’s efforts to support development, peace and security around the world. Indeed according to EC sources, between 2003 and 2010, the EU spent 700 Million Euros on electoral assistance activities. During the same period, the tragic consequences of…
Antje Herrberg
25 July, 2011