In the conflict resolution realm, “track II” peacemaking or diplomacy has become increasingly common, complementing the more formal track I peacemaking efforts in myriad ways and at various points throughout a peace process. This volume presents track II intervention as a series of steps that guide peacemakers in coordinating track II efforts to maximize their positive impacts. This handbook is part of the Peacemaker’s Toolkit series, published by the United States Institute of Peace.

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Summary

In the conflict resolution realm, track II peacemaking or diplomacy has become increasingly common, complementing the more formal track I peacemaking efforts in myriad ways and at various points throughout a peace process. Conducting Track II Peacemaking presents the process of track II intervention as a series of steps that guide peacemakers in coordinating various track II efforts to maximize their positive impacts.

Written for both track I and track II actors, this handbook:

  • illuminates the role and importance of track II activities;
  • charts a wide range of track II activities, from assessment, conception, and planning through to implementation and evaluation; and,
  • discusses the need to ensure that different peacemaking efforts support and reinforce one another.

Print copies of this toolkit can be purchased from USIP's online bookstore.

About this Handbook

This handbook is part of the series the Peacemaker’s Toolkit, which is being published by the United States Institute of Peace. For twenty-five years, the United States Institute of Peace has supported the work of mediators through research, training programs, workshops, and publications designed to discover and disseminate the keys to effective mediation.

The Institute—mandated by the U.S. Congress to help prevent, manage, and resolve international conflict through nonviolent means—has conceived of The Peacemaker’s Toolkit as a way of combining its own accumulated expertise with that of other organizations active in the field of mediation. Most publications in the series are produced jointly by the Institute and a partner organization. All publications are carefully reviewed before publication by highly experienced mediators to ensure that the final product will be a useful and reliable resource for practitioners.

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