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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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The Search for Peace: Perspectives on Mediation 2010-2015
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Since 2010 we have asked mediators, thinkers and peace process actors to reflect on their work or share their views on a current theme within the framework of the Oslo Forum Interview. Each year these interviews have been distributed with other background material prepared exclusively for participants of the Oslo Forum. This publication gathers the Oslo Forum Interviews for the first time and makes them available to a wider audience.

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18 Jul 2016
On Peacemaking: A Decade of Reflections 2006-2015
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These papers were originally developed exclusively for participants in the Forum and they are being made available to a wider audience for the first time.They cover a wide range of topics from the role of the United Nations in mediation, to the complex interplay between peace and justice, the inclusion of women and civil society in peacemaking, the normative framework in which mediators operate, and the challenges of the implementation phase. They address some of the thorniest issues mediators face in designing peace processes and pursuing peaceful settlements to armed conflicts. The compendium provides a collage of reflections from across the Oslo Forum network and unique insights into peacemaking.

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4 Jul 2016
Oslo Forum Papers - Diasporas as catalysts for dialogue: the cases of Laos and Papua
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Diasporas are stakeholders in almost all conflicts. As they are often either excluded from processes of conflict resolution or perceived as spoilers, diasporas are rarely understood as actors who can advance peace through dialogue. Using insights from two case studies – Laos and Papua – this paper examines the role played by diasporas as catalysts for dialogue from the perspective of a practitioner. The goal of the paper is to extrapolate insights from these case studies that show how mediators can constructively engage diaspora communities.

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Mark Probst,
3 Jun 2016
Oslo Forum 2015 - Agenda
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30 Oct 2015
Oslo Forum 2015 - Annual Mediators' Retreat Report
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The overarching theme of the event was ‘peacemaking in the new world disorder’. Participants discussed the factors that brought the Islamic State such rapid success. President Santos of Colombia spoke frankly about the complexities of the peace process in his country. The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, led a conversation on the nexus between justice and peace. Former EU High Representative Catherine Ashton outlined the intricacies of peace process mechanics in the Mediator’s Studio. Another exchange focused on the Serbia–Kosovo agreement on normalising bilateral relations. Other discussions covered peacemaking trends in Asia, insecurity and instability in Northern Africa and the Middle East, Nigeria’s multifaceted security challenges, the implications of a nuclear deal for stability in the Middle East, and South Sudan’s ongoing turmoil. An absorbing lecture on the dangers of conflict relapse identified important lessons for peacemakers involved in designing peace processes. Finally, it is important to note that, during the Oslo Forum, the Taliban met with the Afghan Government for the first time at such a senior level.

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Authored by Paul Dziatkowiec, Christina Buchhold, Jonathan Harlander, Massimiliano Verri,
30 Oct 2015

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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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