QCEA PEACE PROGRAMME
The report Peace Mediation: from Concept to successful implementation, learning from Quaker experience focuses on the implementation of the recently published EU Concept on Peace Mediation. The report is a timely analysis of this EU Concept on Peace Mediation, how it has evolved over time and why it is more relevant than ever in today’s context. The report uses Quaker experience in mediation and conciliation for practical guidance on mediation and makes the case for a multi-layered approach to mediation. While recognising the EU’s added value in mediation, the report also points to challenges such as the EU’s increased militarised responses and how this might affect its ability to act as an impartial mediator. Finally, the report underlines the unique Quaker approach to mediation based on trust, independence, principled impartiality, long-term engagement and humility. It calls for adequate funding for EU mediation and setting up accountability mechanisms to ensure the guiding principles are fully taken on board in the implementation.
For this report, besides a traditional literature review and analysis of relevant organisational documents, ten interviews were conducted with people from different backgrounds: academics, EU officials, and civil society representatives.
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A book about Quaker mediation was used as the main source on Quaker mediation in the report: Dining with diplomats, praying with gunmen by Anne Bennett, Available here: Quaker Bookshop
Quaker Peace Mediation
Quaker work in international mediation and reconciliation