Insider Mediators - Exploring Their Key Role in Informal Peace Processes

2009. Author: Simon Mason, Berghof Foundation, Mediation Support Project

This paper explores the role, potential and limitations of local and regional insider mediators in peace processes. The study is based on the experience and presentations of insider mediators from different countries. The following chapters are included: 1) Where there is no formal outsider meditator, 2) Peace can change their violent behavior, 3) Waiting and understanding silence, 4) The trusted government official, 5) Negotiator-cum-mediator, 6) Network of network of mediators, 7) Women mediating between men. The study ends with a number of insights and recommendations.

  • Insider Mediation
  • Research/Lessons Learned

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