Peacemaking and mediation literature has often portrayed neutral ‘outsiders’ as the most suitable mediators, given their physical and emotional distance from the parties in conflict. However, in many parts of the world, communities in conflict prefer to deal with ‘insiders’ whom they already trust, who are part of the local society’s fabric, and who can make a long term commitment to resolving the conflict.
HD RELEASES ITS 2016 ANNUAL REPORT
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) continued to expand its operations in 2016, responding to a growing demand for its experience and skills in engaging with those involved in armed conflict, particularly hard-to-reach groups. By the end of 2016, HD had more than 40 ongoing projects in over 25 countries, working at the heart of the world’s most dangerous conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, as well as East and Central Asia.
NOUVELLE PUBLICATION – CENTRE DU MALI: ENJEUX ET DANGERS D’UNE CRISE NÉGLIGÉE
Longtemps restées dans l’ombre des dynamiques politiques et sécuritaires à l’œuvre au nord du Mali, certaines populations des régions centrales de Mopti et de Ségou – singulièrement la communauté peulh – revendiquent désormais d’être entendues.
Complicated conflicts with many disparate actors have become increasingly common in the international system. The extreme fragmentation of the Syrian opposition in the ongoing civil war embodies this ‘new normal’ for civil wars. Fragmentation affects a number of conflict dynamics, including the turn to violence, internecine conflict among parties, targeting of civilians, collaboration with the state, and the extent to which opposition movements are accommodated.
This year’s Oslo Forum, which took place between the 14-15 June, was attended by around 100 prominent mediators, peace process actors and high-level decision-makers. The report from this meeting, which is released today, summarises the discussions during the event.