Inter-organizational High-level Peer-to-Peer Exchange on Approaches and Good Practices for Mediation in Protracted Conflicts

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From May 21-23, 2019, the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) in cooperation with the Mediation Support Team (MST) of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre and supported by the UN Mediation Support Unit organized a high-level peer-to-peer exchange on approaches and good practices for mediation in protracted conflicts. The expert exchange at Schloss Reichenow brought together Special Representatives and Personal Envoys of the OSCE, the UN and the EU working on protracted conflicts in the Caucasus, Moldova, North Macedonia, Cyprus, and the Western Sahara.

The high-level meeting outside of Berlin provided a platform for an in-depth inter-organizational exchange on different approaches, patterns, and cycles in regards to design and strategy of various mediation processes in the context of protracted conflicts. In an informal, yet structured setting, participants exchanged experiences in mediation processes and gained new perspectives. Furthermore, an expert input by a guest speaker provided the opportunity to discuss psychological and neurological aspects of human behavior in situations of conflict as well as negotiation and mediation processes.

The workshop is part of a series of events within the framework of a format of peer-to-peer exchanges in peace mediation which was developed by ZIF. In a similar manner this exchange format has already been successfully implemented with high-level representatives of the German Federal Foreign Office, the European External Actions Service as well as the African Union and the League of Arab States.