Tuesday, 27 March 2012 12:28

What lessons for the creation of a European Institute of Peace? mediatEUr scoping mission to the United States

As part of mediatEUr's assignment on the European Institute of Peace project, Dr. Antje Herrberg undertook a scoping mission to the United States between the 5th to the 10th of March 2012.

The mission aimed to inform the EIP process by considering lessons from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and other similar US-based organisations on their institutional development and management; lessons learned and good practices for a possible EIP.

Within the framework of this mission, Dr Herrberg met a series of high ranking diplomats and senior-level management representatives from the United States Institute of Peace, the International Peace Institute, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and the EU Delegation to the UN.

Key lessons for the EIP from this mission are:

  1. A grant making mechanism for the EIP that could disburse rapid, small grants for local organisations would be a value added in the European context.
  2. Think, act, teach and learn: It is important for an EIP to be non-partisan, intellectually strong and operational at the same time.
  3. Create firm independence, but a relationship as close as possible with EIP's state based partners.
  4. Strive to professionalise peacemaking and peacebuilding.
  5. Work with multiple actors, also those who are traditionally not seen as "typical" peace partners, such as the military and intelligence communities.

The lessons learned and good practices identified during this scoping mission will be taken into account for the development of an EIP Options Paper. The Options paper drafted by mediatEUr will present different organisational models for a possible EIP.

For more information on this project, contact Irina Bratosin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.