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Dealing with Election-Related Violence — Lessons from the Training

This week, I had the opportunity to participate as a trainer and facilitator in a workshop on ‘Dealing with Election-Related Violence’ organized by the European Centre for Electoral Support and the Leadership Beyond Boundaries, supported by the Osservatoria di Pavia, and convened by the Barcelona Peace Centre. It all started with the film ‘An African Election’ directed by Jarreth Merz, a great inspiration for the attendees. The event convened 25 participants, experts and officials from Electoral Commissions and Election Management Bodies (EMB’s) hailing from Spain, Lithuania, Poland, the United States,…
Antje Herrberg
14 December, 2013
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Conflict Prevention and Mediation Support to the EU: Access to Expertise

Responding effectively to emerging or on-going crises requires identifying people with the right profile and expertise at the right time, and ensuring they can be where they are needed most, at short notice. This is a key challenge. Given this challenge, mediatEUr, together with partners Berghof Foundation, ESSEC-Irene, and swisspeace, is embarking on a new project to provide conflict prevention and mediation support to the European External Action Service and its partners. The objective of this 12-months project is to provide high-quality, timely and tailored external expertise and technical assistance in the areas of conflict…
mediatEUr
12 June, 2013
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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
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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
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Debriefing Mediators

The European Union (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 create systems that can enable synthesis and management of the knowledge gained and learning from these engagements. This can further strengthen the EU’s efforts in peace mediation in other parts of the world. This debriefing and publication series forms part of mediatEUr’s work to promote good practice in EU peace mediation, by piloting innovation in learning, lesson gathering…
mediatEUr
1 January, 2012
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Strengthening EU Capacity for Mediation and Dialogue: Options for Mediation Stand-By Capacity

On 21 September 2011, mediatEUr convened an expert seminar on mediation stand-by capacity options for the EU. The seminar aimed to inform in-depth discussions on different options for stand-by capacity on mediation, by bringing together experienced roster and rapid deployment managers from the fields of mediation, stabilisation, SSR, and civilian crisis response with relevant stakeholders from within EU institutions. Basis for discussion were four standing and stand-by models for deployment: the UK Stabilisation Unit roster; the Coffey International roster; the ZIF roster; and the NRC-managed MSU Mediation Stand-By Team of…
mediatEUr
1 September, 2011
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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
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Standing United for Peace: The EU in Coordinated Third-party Support to Peace Processes

International peace mediation is a rapidly expanding field that has evolved from classic diplomacy to more complex, multi-level and multi-stakeholder affairs, up to the point where today few (if any) international mediation efforts are conducted by one actor only. As a result, peacemakers have developed a multitude of collective coordination mechanisms to ensure complementarity between different actors’ support to peace processes, ranging from informal cooperation to more formalized set-ups like Groups of Friends. Indeed in many cases, the EU does not necessarily directly lead mediation efforts; but it has played…
mediatEUr
1 January, 2011
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Creating Improved Capacities for International Peace Mediation

mediatEUr, in partnership with the Crisis Management Initiative, worked on a two-year project in 2011-2012 to support capacity-building for peace mediation among international organisations. mediatEUr’s work on this project focussed on EU capacity building, as well as the thematic areas of peace and justice, power sharing and accountability in international peace mediation, elections mediation, and mediation stand-by arrangements. This work was funded by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
mediatEUr
1 January, 2011