MSN Discussion Points

The Mediation Support Network (MSN) is a small, global network of primarily non-governmental organizations that support mediation in peace negotiations. The network meets regularly and at each meeting, a specific topic related to peace mediation and conflict transformation is discussed. The “MSN Discussion Points” series summarizes key aspects of these discussions. It does not represent a comprehensive or consensus view of MSN members, but rather seeks to provide some material to inspire further reflection.

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Inclusivity in Mediation Processes
Title: Inclusivity in Mediation Processes: Lessons from Chiapas
Authors: Pablo Romo, Marylene Smeets
Year: 2015
Publisher: Mediation Support Network (MSN); Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich
How can mediation support actors help in broadening the inclusion of actors and representation of issues in a process? This edition of MSN Discussion Points highlights some of the conceptual debates related to inclusivity questions and showcases lessons learned from the Chiapas case.
Mediation and Conflict Transformation
Title: Mediation and Conflict Transformation
Authors: John Ahere, Sara Hellmüller
Year: 2014
Publisher: Mediation Support Network (MSN); Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich
What role can mediation play in conflict transformation processes? The fifth edition of MSN Discussion Points assesses this question on the basis of insights from the South African experience and inspired by discussions at the 9th MSN meeting in Durban, South Africa.
Mind the Gap
Title: Mind the Gap: How Mediation Support Can Better Respond to the Needs of Local Societies
Authors: Julius Goldmann, Anne Isabel Kraus, Simon Mason, Valerie Sticher, Barbara Unger
Year: 2013
Publisher: Mediation Support Network (MSN); Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich
This publication explores how international mediators and mediation support actors can assist local and national efforts towards peace without undermining local ownership or ignoring local needs.
Regional Intergovernmental Organizations in Mediation Efforts
Title: Regional Intergovernmental Organizations in Mediation Efforts: Lessons from West Africa
Authors: Emanuel Bombande (WANEP), Abdel Fatau Musah (ECOWAS), Judikael Regnaut (EU delegation to Ghana), Peter Sampson (UNOWA)
Year: 2013
Publisher: Mediation Support Network (MSN); Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich
This publication underlines the need to see peace mediation as a collective activity, especially involving regional intergovernmental and civil society organizations, and not as the exclusive domain of the state.
Translating Mediation Guidance into Practice
Title: Translating Mediation Guidance into Practice: Commentary on the UN Guidance for Effective Mediation by the Mediation Support Network. Foreword by Jimmy Carter
Authors: Miguel Alvarez, Sabina Avasiloae, Roxana Cristescu, Paul Dziatkowiec, Sara Hellmueller, Lars Kirchhoff, Anne Isabel Kraus, Simon Mason, Martha Mutisi, Nathan Stock, Barbara Unger, Zahbia Yousuf
Year: 2013
Publisher: Mediation Support Network (MSN); Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich
This publication formalizes and catalogues the reflections of the Mediation Support Network on the UN Guidance for Effective Mediation into a consolidated commentary for the wid­er mediation and peace policy community, focusing on how to translate the UN Guidance into practice. It also presents numerous case studies illustrating key challenges, and how they were dealt with.