Saturday, 17 November 2012 09:51

Leveraging peace through new ideas and thinking

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 recent UN Guidance on Mediation stresses the importance of inclusion in international mediation efforts. At a knowledge-sharing event entitled 'Peace Processes, Dialogue and Mediation: Inclusion and Innovation', hosted by Conciliation Resources, Canan Gündüz shared lessons from mediatEUr's work on novel approaches to peace mediation, and methods and challenges for inclusion in peace processes.
As part of the mediatEUr project 'Peace Mediation Coaching for the European External Action Service', Canan Gündüz and Eugène van Kemenade delivered a two-day training on peace mediation, conflict resolution and options for the EU to EU Delegation staff and Heads of Delegations from Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
mediatEUr is pleased to announce its collaboration to an upcoming Training in Leadership, Conflict Management and Mediation Skills for Electoral Stakeholders (LEAD).
In order to explore how the EU might strengthen its capacity to respond to electoral conflicts and violence, mediatEUr and the European Centre for Electoral Support convened an expert seminar on 25 September 2012.
As part of its project 'Creating Improved Capacities for Peace Mediation', mediatEUr hosted the fourth meeting in a series of roundtables on transitional justice and mediation for the EU. This expert and policymaker roundtable provided an opportunity to discuss options for broadening the transitional justice agenda in 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 was attended by transitional justice and peacebuilding experts; as well as EU policymakers.