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Jan 27 16 tweets 20 min read
Bidding farewell to @swisspeace this week after 6 years heading the #mediation team, 3 years together with Philipp Lustenberger (@Loschti). A unique team it is, answering 🔑 questions in #peacemediation practice, policy & research, often with partners. A 🧵with 1⃣4⃣ highlights👇
1⃣How do you train international mediators? Answer: in the 🇨🇭 mountains at the annual #PeaceMediationCourse, convened by @SwissPeaceHR and run by @CSS_Zurich & @swisspeace in the framework of the Mediation Support Project. peacemediation.ch @SimonJAMason
2⃣How do you include civil society into the Intra-Syrian Talks, against the odds? Answer: through the Civil Society Support Room, run by @UNEnvoySyria and implemented by @NOREFno & @swisspeace. See paper by @SaraHellmuller & @JoelleZahar 👉ipinst.org/2018/03/agains… @Ahmed_eleiba
3⃣What lessons to learn from #IGAD #mediation in #SouthSudan? Answer: 11 to be precise. Details in this @igadsecretariat report developed with @swisspeace & @KrocInstitute 👉igad.int/divisions/peac… @IGAD_MSU
4⃣How do you design a national dialogue process? Answer: with all relevant stakeholders, national ownership & international support. Many more insights in the @BerghofFnd @swisspeace #NationalDialogue Handbook👇 berghof-foundation.org/library/nation…
5⃣What makes power-sharing work? Answer: realizing #peaceagreements are not end points but often beginnings of war-to-peace transition, and by providing forums for continued negotiations. See my @USIP paper 👇 co-authored w/ Laurie Nathan & @AWRaffoul usip.org/publications/2…
6⃣What is the impact of sanctions on #mediation processes? Answer: it’s complicated. More in the report 👇, based on collaborative research project led by @UNUCPR @GlobalGov_IHEID @swisspeace, with support from @SwissMFA @UNDPPA unu.edu/sanctions-and-…
7⃣How are #peace talks financed, and how should they be? Answer: based on requests from parties & mediators + with donors that coordinate, allow for flexibility, and refrain from using 💰 to influence the process. Report @ISDCBerlin @swisspeace👇
8⃣What role does social media play in #peacemediation? Answer: an increasingly important one, facilitating outreach & public comms, but also fueling #disinformation. More in @UNDPPA @swisspeace report👇 @AsifRKhanUN @caminokav @Ahmed_eleiba
9⃣How to connect (or not) mediation and dialogue efforts at international, national, subnational & local levels? Answer: through #multitrack approaches. Collaborative research @FBAFolke @CSS_Zurich @hdcentre @swisspeace & report👇css.ethz.ch/en/center/CSS-…
1⃣0⃣Why do mediators compete, and how can they establish cooperation? Answer to the latter question: with an orchestra conductor or in a jazz ensemble. Article & video👇
1⃣1⃣Are mediators norm pushers or deal brokers? Answer: both. Projects👇
➡️Mediators as Norm Entrepreneurs swisspeace.ch/projects/resea… @SaraHellmuller @jamiepring1 @juliapfederer
➡️In Pursuit of a "Good Peace" swisspeace.ch/projects/resea… @DanaMLandau @SamanthaMGamez1 @JacquiJYCho
1⃣2⃣What is #mediationsupport? Answer: training, knowledge products, political/process design advice & operational/logistical help provided to mediators and their teams. More in study👇,co-authored with @jamiepring1, Mathias Zeller & Corinne von Burg. swisspeace.ch/publications/r…
1⃣3⃣What #dilemmas do mediators face? Answer: many, but there are strategies to help them make tough decisions. Insights from research project led by Anne Holper from Centre for Peace Mediation @viadrina @DanaMLandau @SimonJAMason @juliapfederer @ofrazer cogitatiopress.com/politicsandgov…
1⃣4⃣Finally hitting home: why is 🇨🇭 active in peace promotion, #goodoffices and #mediation? Answer: because of the deep roots of conflict prevention in Swiss political history. More in the essay👇swisspeace.ch/assets/publica…
🙏to a fantastic team, to @lgoetschel & @matthias_boss, and to all @swisspeace colleagues for 6 awesome years!

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Oct 28, 2020
Lots of interesting online resources on #peacemediation have recently popped up. Here’s a compilation of interactive online platforms, which should be useful for #peacemediation practitioners and researchers alike👇
1/UN Peacemaker, the platform of platforms managed by the @UNDPPA Mediation Support Unit, with lots of useful resources, guidance documents, UN texts etc👉peacemaker.un.org @WhitfieldTeresa @AsifRKhanUN
2/Language of Peace, a database of peace agrement texts developed by @Cambridge_Uni and @UNDPPA, searchable by issue, country, conflict type etc👉languageofpeace.org/#/
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