“National Dialogues” are often created to unite countries after a civil war or other violent traumatic experiences. Based on a broad mandate, National Dialogues bring together all relevant national stakeholders and actors (state and non-state) on key conflict issues, such as state reform and state-building. Ideally serving as common platforms for trust-building, learning, reflection and decision-making, they aim to develop a new social contract and nation-wide ownership. Set up as a temporary and a time-bound initiative, they may precede, complement or accompany formal negotiations over, for example, constitutional matters or support the implementation of the latter.
Having gained prominence during the Arab uprisings, National Dialogues hold the promise of serving as a model for achieving durable peace in transitioning societies.