by Christine Belle & Catherine O'Rourke
Women at the Peace Table: Asia Pacific Opinion Series - N=B04
Introduction & Background
On the 31 October 2000 United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1325 (SCR 1325) was adopted providing for a range of measures aimed at the inclusion of women in the prevention, management and resolution of violent conflict. In particular, several of the resolution's provisions addressed the role of women and gender in peace negotiations and agreements.
The Oslo forum 2009 took place against the background of a new optimism, largely heralded by the new US administration and its emphasis on civility in international relations. After a period of confrontation marked by the 'war on terror' and weakening of mediation efforts, there is now a renewed demand in many areas for diplomacy and negotiation.
Ezzedine Choukri-Fishere (1)
Mediation in the Arab-Israeli conflict has seduced a large number of international operators - and sometimes consumed their active lives. Its quasi-fatal attraction stems exactly from the source of its difficulties: the tragically irreconcilable narratives the parties maintain; the almost total lack of trust and empathy between them; and the surprising similarities of their fears and hopes.