The case for contact: new challenges of mediation with armed groups

SECURITY - Jul 9, 2015

This report by Juan Garrigues has been published by the Clingendael Institute's Conflict Research Unit and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF) and is part of a very interesting series of papers on Non-conventional violence: new challenges and responses.


This report by Juan Garrigues has been published by the Clingendael Institute's Conflict Research Unit and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF) and is part of a very interesting series of papers on Non-conventional violence: new challenges and responses.

The report 'The case for contact: overcoming the challenges and dilemmas of official and non-official mediation with armed groups' explores different issues such as some of the specific challenges of mediating with armed groups (engaging with radical jihadist groups, negotiating and verifying ceasefires etc.), the limits that 'official mediators' such as the UN have in dealing with these challenges, how 'non-official mediators' can help in some of these situations, the dilemmas that involving different types of 'non-official mediators' can create and some ideas on how to manage these. The report draws on specific country cases such as Libya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Syria or Colombia.

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