Participants

Where politics meet practice

The retreats attract an illustrious group of senior mediators and other peace process actors who seek to resolve armed conflict through dialogue. Every year, participants are joined by distinguished guests and speakers to engage in honest, issue-focused discussions that go beyond institutional constraints and conventional wisdom. 
All discussions and take place under the Chatham House Rule. Participation is by invitation-only. 

By bringing together key actors from the United Nations, regional organisations and governments, as well as private organisations and noteworthy individuals, conflict party representatives, war correspondents, outstanding analysts, thinkers and experts, the retreats also provide a unique networking opportunity across the entire peace spectrum.

Participants have included Gerry Adams, Kofi Annan, President Martti Ahtisaari, Baroness Catherine Ashton, President Jimmy Carter, President Mohammad Khatami, President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, President Juan Manuel Santos, Dr Javier Solana, Ambassador Thomas Pickering, and many others.

General
Ishola
Williams
  1. Position / Background: 
    Head, Transparency Nigeria
Years :
Africa Mediators' Retreat 2007
Mr
Michael C.
Williams
  1. Position / Background: 
    Director, Asia and the Pacific Division, Department of Political Affairs, United Nations, New York
Years :
Asia Mediators' Retreat 2005
Padoh
Kwe Htoo
Win
  1. Position / Background: 
    General Secretary, Karen National Union, Myanmar
Years :
Oslo Forum 2016
Oslo Forum 2013
General
Hla Htay
Win
  1. Position / Background: 
    Chief of General Staff (Army/Navy/Air force), Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Years :
Oslo Forum 2013
Ambassador
Michael
Winzap
  1. Position / Background: 
    Special Envoy for Sudan, South Sudan and the Horn of Africa, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Years :
Africa Mediators' Retreat 2011
Ambassador
Sastrohandoyo
Wiryono
  1. Position / Background: 
    Former Chief negotiator of the Indonesian Government on Aceh
Years :
Asia Mediators' Retreat 2006
Asia Mediators' Retreat 2005
Honourable
He
Yafei
  1. Position / Background: 
    Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, China
Years :
Asia Mediators' Retreat 2008
Ambassador
Sergey
Yakovlev
  1. Position / Background: 
    Special Envoy to the Middle East of the Russian Foreign Ministry
Years :
Oslo Forum 2006
Mr
Tadamichi
Yamamoto
  1. Position / Background: 
    Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
Years :
Oslo Forum 2016
Professor
Xiyu
Yang
  1. Position / Background: 
    Pantech Fellow, Schorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center Stanford University; Foreign Ministry of the Peoples Republic of China
Years :
Asia Mediators' Retreat 2006

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Understanding fragmentation in conflict and its impact on prospects for peace
Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham highlights a number of key findings about fragmentation and conflict, and the role of mediation in fragmented conflicts. Drawing on a range of contemporary and historical examples from global conflicts, the author examines the consequences of fragmentation for...

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