Blog Posts - Words of PeaceDialogue Support Platform in UkraineThematic Areas

For dialogue in Ukraine, the time is always now

When I first started working on dialogue in Ukraine, I sat down with two think-tankers from Kyiv and explained to them that my interest, and that of my colleagues’, was in dialogue and mediation: “we want to learn who’s doing dialogue and what they’re learning from it.” They looked at me cross and made it clear that “no one is doing dialogue in Ukraine”.
Blog Posts - Words of PeacePeace and JusticeScoping and Reviews

Stabilisation- why a transformative approach is worth it

This blog was written by Kathrin Quesada 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”. I found it not only simply and beautifully said, but also a very noble goal. And yet the reality of the lives of people in countries where stabilisation activities have taken…
Kathrin Quesada
17 June, 2017
Blog Posts - Words of PeaceDialogue Support Platform in Ukraine

Так я про-российский или про-украинский?

This post was written by Alex Azarov. 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. Я родился в Советском Союзе, а когда Союз развалился, в возрасте десяти лет переехал с родителями в Австралию. С мая 2015 работал в проекте организации mediatEUr “Платформа поддержки диалогов в Украине”, осуществлявшемся в сотрудничестве с…
5 September, 2016
Blog Posts - Words of PeaceDialogue Support Platform in Ukraine

So am I pro-Russian am I pro-Russian or pro-Ukrainian?

This blog post was written by Alex Azarov. 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. I was born in the Soviet Union and moved with my parents to Australia when I was ten, right when the USSR was falling…
5 September, 2016
Blog Posts - Words of PeaceDiscussion Paper

It is rather simple: the need for peace making is right here, right now, with you and with me

Europe is speechless with racing rhetoric, opinion-making, hasty declarations, reactions, and helpless gestures, some promoting understanding and some preventing tolerance and openness. Today, as for the last three days, Brussels is frozen with fear and the whole city has stopped functioning the way it used to. In a way, we find ourselves confused and marginalized in the heart of our beloved Europe. Indeed, the events in Paris last Friday have woken up our population to the fact that we are not one Europe, but a Europe of different communities, many…
Antje Herrberg
25 November, 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
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