In September Berghof Foundation organised its sixth Mediation Roundtable, in cooperation with the research project “EU capacities for whole-of-society conflict prevention and peacebuilding” (WOSCAP). Its main purpose was to present and discuss the results of a comparative study on the challenges and opportunities for coordinated and inclusive mediation and dialogue support by the European Union in conflict-affected countries. Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, the WOSCAP project is a collaborative research endeavour examining how to enhance the European Union’s capabilities for supporting sustainable and inclusive peacebuilding processes, with specific focus on three thematic areas: multi-track diplomacy, security sector reform and governance reform. The event particularly focused on two of the projects’ case studies: Ukraine and Mali.
A panel discussion addressed key challenges related to multi-track mediation, by comparing and contrasting coercive and non-coercive approaches to mediation, EU-led mediation and intervention through its Member States (such as Germany), or elite-led and participatory negotiation designs. The discussion also addressed the need for institutional capacity-building on inclusive mediation, and more particularly the role of mediation support structures within EU and German institutions. Civil society experts on Ukraine, representatives from the Initiative Mediation Support Germany, WOSCAP project participants from Germany, the Netherlands and Ukraine, as well as representatives from the German Foreign Office and the European External Action Service took part in the roundtable event.
For further information, please see the Berghof report ‘From power mediation to dialogue support? EU Capabilities for multi-track diplomacy’.