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European Institute of PeacePublications

A European Institute of Peace? Value-added, Risks and Options

This discussion paper provides a concise overview of the value-added, risks and institutional set-up options for a European Institute of Peace. The ideas contained in the report emerged from a yearlong process of consultations on the European Institute of Peace idea, which reached out to more than 150 stakeholders. In order to strengthen the EUʼs ability to respond to global peacemaking challenges, Sweden and Finland jointly launched an initiative in 2010 that advocates for the creation of a European Institute of Peace (EIP), with a focus on peace mediation. This…
mediatEUr
5 December, 2012
Debriefing SeriesPublications

Debriefing EU Mediators: Summary and Key Lessons from a debriefing with the former EUSR for the Great Lakes Region

The European Union (EU) is increasingly active as a global peacemaker, supporting peace processes and also directly mediating between conflict parties in several instances. Given this commitment, it is important to create systems to synthesise and make available the knowledge gained from these engagements. This can further strengthen the EU’s efforts in peace mediation in other parts of the world. The aim of this publication series is to analyse and present key practice and policy lessons from the work of EU mediators. This edition presents lessons on: Specificities of EUSRs' regional mandates Their interaction with…
mediatEUr
1 December, 2012
PublicationsTransitional Justice

Justice for the Past, Justice for the Future: Towards Broadening the Transitional Justice Agenda in Peace Processes

This discussion paper argues that a broader understanding can help overcome some of the tensions inherent in the transitional justice agenda during peace processes, by focusing both on past and future justice needs; victims’ rights and perpetrators’ accountability; as well as wider post-conflict needs that go beyond narrow retributive justice. It is hoped that such a wider understanding will energise a broader range of instruments and options for conflict parties, mediators and interveners at all stages of peace processes to deal with a legacy of human rights violations. The paper…
mediatEUr
20 September, 2012
Mediation PracticePublications

Missing a Trick? Building Bridges between EU Mediation and EU Electoral Support in Conflict-affected Countries

What can be done to promote credible, legitimate and peaceful elections as well as resilient societies that can manage electoral disputes without resorting to violence? What types of third party mediation mechanisms can be supported in order to complement and support electoral assistance, and vice-versa? How can a major external player, like the EU, act decisively in influencing the best “timing” for post-conflict elections – and promote a window of “political opportunity” for local stakeholders rather than one of “military opportunity”? In order to explore how the EU might strengthen…
mediatEUr
1 September, 2012
Debriefing SeriesPublications

Debriefing EU Mediators: Summary and Key Lessons from a Debriefing with former EUSR for the Middle East Peace Process

The EU is becoming increasingly active as a global peacemaker, supporting peace processes and also directly mediating between conflict parties in several instances. Given this commitment, it is important to gather and manage the knowledge and learning from these engagements. This can further strengthen the EU’s efforts in peace mediation in other parts of the world. The aim of this publication series is to capture and present key practice and policy lessons from the work of EU mediators. Highlights from this edition: In complex regional conflicts such as the Middle…
mediatEUr
1 July, 2012
European Institute of PeacePublications

“The challenges of European Peace Mediation — the European Institute of Peace as an opportunity”

A recent publication by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs looks at the EU's track record and capacities in the field of peace mediation. In it, Antje Herrberg argues that mediation is an essential tool for a 'smarter' EU foreign policy in future - and for this potential to be maximised, institutions and capacities need to adapt. The creation of a European Institute of Peace could contribute to these endeavours, by: Creating a solid knowledge base of present and past cases relating to the European practice of peace mediation, which to this date is…
mediatEUr
6 June, 2012
PublicationsTransitional Justice

Expert Seminar Report: Security Arrangements, Transitional Justice and Peace Mediation: Challenges and Options for the EU

The 2009 EU Concept on Strengthening EU Mediation and Dialogue Capacities states that EU mediators are expected to address human rights violations in peace processes, but it gives no indication for how they may do so. To meet this need, mediatEUr is organising a series of expert meetings that bring together EU policy-makers with transitional justice and mediation experts to generate recommendations for how the EU may strengthen its capacity to further peace and justice. This expert seminar brought together EU policymakers working on crisis response, CSDP missions, and mediation,…
mediatEUr
1 May, 2012
European Institute of PeacePublications

European Union and Mediation: What Role for a European Institute of Peace?

As part of the European Institute of Peace initiative, mediatEUr organised, in partnership with ESSEC IRENE and the Académie Diplomatique Internationale, a roundtable entitled "European Union and Mediation: What Role for a European Institute of Peace"/"Union Européenne et Médiation: Quel Rôle pour un Institut Européen de la Paix". The seminar was hosted by the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris. The goal of the roundtable was to initiate a debate in the wider French policy-making community on the idea of a European Institute of Peace, and gather perspectives on building European…
mediatEUr
2 February, 2012
Debriefing SeriesPublications

Debriefing EU Mediators: Summary and Key Lessons from a Debriefing with Former EUSR for the South Caucasus

The EU is becoming increasingly active as a global peacemaker, supporting peace processes and also directly mediating between conflict parties in several instances. It is important to create systems that will allow synthesis and management of the knowledge and learning from these engagements with the aim to further improve and strengthen the EU’s engagement in peace mediation in other parts of the world. The aim of this new publication series is to capture and present key practice and policy lessons from the work of EU mediators. Each debriefing report is…
mediatEUr
1 January, 2012
PublicationsTransitional Justice

Peace Mediation, Power-Sharing and Transitional Justice: Challenges and Options for the EU

The roundtable ‘Peace Mediation, Power-sharing and Transitional Justice: Challenges and Options for the EU’ on 10 November 2011 brought together a group of experts, policy-makers and practitioners to explore the mediation of power-sharing arrangements, and consider related challenges - in particular regarding transitional justice - in order to make recommendations to improve EU support in these areas. This document provides a summary of discussions and charts next steps to be implemented as part of mediatEUr’s ‘Strengthening EU Capacities for Peace Mediation’ project. Objectives of the meeting were to: 1. Explore…
mediatEUr
1 November, 2011