Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Certain domestic Israeli and Palestinian concerns—from state institution-building and secular-religious divides, to coalition politics and educational reform—have strong implications for the broader conflict, and for international efforts towards a peaceful resolution. Through a series of panels and publications in 2010-2011, USIP will explore such critical yet oft-neglected internal dynamics.
The nationwide elections in April 2010 were a key milestone in the implementation of the CPA. The next and final requirement of the CPA is the upcoming referendum. Given the heightened tensions that occur as a result of the elections and referendum processes, it is especially important to ensure that electoral or referendum competition does not turn violent. The Institute's Sudan experts in the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding and the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention have been organizing electoral and referendum violence prevention workshops since January of 2009.
On August 7, 2010, Juan Manuel Santos, a defense minister under the outgoing administration of President Alvaro Uribe, was inaugurated as Colombia’s new president. Peace issues were largely absent from public debate during the presidential campaign, but unexpectedly surfaced in the final weeks of President Uribe’s incumbency.
The web version of Managing a Mediation Process, the first handbook in the Peacemaker's Toolkit, allows readers not only to view and search the full text of the handbook but also to link instantly to more detailed resources, including analyses, educational materials, tools, and news.
Featured Publications & Tools
In coordination with the United Nations Mediation Support Unit and in collaboration with a number of other mediation institutes and experts, USIP is developing a series of "best practices" handbooks on key aspects of mediation and peacemaking.
About the Center:
The Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution designs and manages the Institute's efforts in areas where fighting is active. The Center also conducts research, identifies best practices, develops new peacemaking tools, and supports related training and education efforts.
The Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution conducts work in the following zones of conflict:
- The Arab-Israeli Conflict - USIP is addressing a series of challenges and opportunities facing the parties to the conflict, with a focus on institutional capacity to make compromises, the capacity of the Israeli and Palestinian publics to build consensus and support for a negotiated agreement, and the role of U.S. policymakers in encouraging and supporting these efforts toward a peaceful resolution.
Take a more in depth look at our work in Israel and the Palestinian Territories
- Nigeria -Nigeria is rife with conflicts over petroleum resources and religion. Amidst this situation, the Center is working on peace efforts for the Niger Delta region, including working collaboratively with local governments, oil companies, and Nigerian NGOs.
- Sudan - Amidst challenges on multiple fronts, including the ongoing conflict in Darfur, a fragile Comprehensive Peace Agreement, and significant local violence in the southern and central parts of the country USIP is: training communities in the North, South and Three Areas on electoral and referendum violence prevention, analyzing political and economic measures needed to promote a sustainable peace in post-2011 Sudan, and engaging Darfur Diaspora in an effort to strengthen consensus on how to build peace in Darfur.
- Colombia- In spite of prolonged and chronic internal armed conflict, limited advances in peacebuilding have been realized in Colombia, including demobilization of paramilitaries. USIP is working on a number of initiatives, including ecumenical peacemaking in Colombia, the Cucuta Peacebuilding and Training Network and targeted investments in local peacebuilding projects.