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The Oslo Forum process strives to critically examine the current practice of conflict mediation. The themes raised at each event are intended to provoke discussions, suggest interesting questions and propose new or unconventional approaches. 

Background papers and interviews are prepared prior to the retreats to set the tone for discussions and to sensitise participants to current debates and innovative ideas.

Background papers and interviews do not represent the positions of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD).

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Oslo Forum Papers - Understanding fragmentation in conflict
Abstract

Drawing on a range of examples, Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham examines the consequences of fragmentation for conflict and how peace processes may affect this fragmentation, including an exploration of the role mediation can play in exacerbating it. Practice-oriented throughout, the publication assesses techniques which mediators have used to respond to fragmentation in the past, including negotiating solely with armed actors, involving unarmed actors in the process, sequencing the negotiations, and undertaking efforts to coalesce the opposition.

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Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham,
6 Feb 2017
Oslo Forum 2016 - Agenda
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29 Nov 2016
Oslo Forum 2016 - Meeting Report
Abstract

Around 100 prominent mediators, peace process actors and high-level decision-makers attended the 2016 Oslo Forum on 14-15 June. During the Forum, guests shared practical experiences and engaged in lively exchanges on current peacemaking practice, trends and challenges. The overarching theme of the event was ‘Adapting to a new conflict landscape’, reflecting the emergent challenges mediators face in responding to the changing face of conflict. Highlights of the retreat included a keynote address by US Secretary of State John F. Kerry on today’s international peacemaking challenges around the world, and a discussion between EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif and the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende on the prospects for peace in the Middle East/North Africa region. The meeting report, released today, summarises the discussions that took place during the event.

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Paul Dziatkowiec, Christina Buchhold, Elodie Convergne, Jonathan Harlander, Tinahy Andriamasomanana,
29 Nov 2016
War is back – The International Response to Armed Conflict
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David Harland,
17 Nov 2016
Oslo Forum 2016 Interview: Mediation through a media lens
Abstract

Mediation through a media lens, explores the interplay between mediators and the media. In a series of interviews, six prominent journalists – Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Roger Cohen, Lyse Doucet, Bissane El-Cheikh, David Gardner and Janine di Giovanni – reflect on the challenges of covering peace processes.
The interviews aim to inform mediators about the role of the media in their working environment, with a view to identifying possible synergies in the pursuit of peace. They were conducted in order to stimulate debate at the 2016 Oslo Forum – the latest in a series of retreats which convene prominent peacemakers and peace process actors to exchange experiences, learn lessons, and explore creative solutions to conflicts.

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17 Aug 2016

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2nd Oslo Forum Peacewriter Prize

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is launching the second edition of the Oslo Forum Peacewriter Prize, an essay competition seeking bold and innovative responses to today’s peacemaking challenges.