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Mediating the Aftermath of War

Central African Republic

In the shadows of Bangui's National Forum, NGOs are doing the painstaking work of rebuilding CAR's social fabric. While at the national-level, delegates made police recommendations around such topics as peace and security, justice and reconciliation, governance, as well as social and economic development, at the community-level these problems are personal. 

Religious Dimensions in Conflict

Religion as a unified system of beliefs and practices, is a worldview that incorporates a moral compulsion for action and meaning-making with respect to one's earthly existence. Within a conflict, religion can take on multiple roles that can in essence be broken down into three different categories: (1) a mitigating role; (2) a latent force, and/or (3) a driver of conflict.

Culture and Mediation Process Design

Culture binds its members to a range of acceptable norms. During the different stages of a conflict cycle, culture prescribes what precursors will create stress and anxiety in a person, it determines how the individual will assess the conflict, identify a preferred course of action and evaluate the consequences of his or her chosen path. 

Measuring Progress Towards Peace

Mediation is a change process whose impact can be felt at different levels of society, measured across time and evaluated from different stakeholders' point of view. For this reason mediators should take an expansive view of success, beyond just the signing of an agreement. The indicators described below should be seen as inter-dependent variables that can help demonstrate a measurable impact on the peace process.


Conflict Analysis: The Foundation for Effective Action

Center for Humanitarian Dialogue

Mediation Practice Series N°5 (June 2014)

Dilemmas and Options for Mediators

By Konrad Huber




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