Insider Mediators: Exploring Their Key Role in Informal Peace Processes

TitleInsider Mediators: Exploring Their Key Role in Informal Peace Processes
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleReport published by the Berghof Foundation for Peace Support
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMason, SJA
Number of Pages20 pp.
PublisherBerghof Foundation for Peace Support in cooperation with swisspeace / Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich
Accession Number1251

This report sheds light on a key set of actors in peace processes: insider mediators. It is based on the experience that most official peace processes are initiated or supplemented by informal, non official peace processes, and that such processes are often facilitated by people from the conflict regions, with in-depth knowledge and great dedication to work on the conflict.
In order to explore the specific role, potential and limitations of local and regional "insider" mediators in today's peace processes, the Berghof Foundation for Peace Support (BPS) in cooperation with the Mediation Support Project of Swisspeace/CSS-ETH Zurich invited a dozen insider mediators from different parts of the world (Algeria, Burundi, D. R. Congo, Germany, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Uganda). During 12 - 14 June 2008 a "lessons-learned" workshop was held at Schloss Muenchenwiler in Switzerland under the title: Informal Peace Processes: Learning from the experiences of "Insider" Mediators.
The following study written by Simon Mason from the Mediation Support Project describes the strengths and potentials of insider mediators based on their own presentations on Nepal, Uganda, Mali, Philippines, Burundi, Kenya and Kyrgyzstan. The publishers would like to thank them for their very constructive feedback on this summary article, as well as writing up their rich experiences in the online/ CD ROM chapters. The study ends with a number of insights and recommendations which we believe to be of crucial importance for everyone interested and active in the field of mediation and/or mediation support.

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