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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 2007 - Background Paper - A mediator's view from here
Abstract

Vision, strategy and other elements of peacemaking

by
Alvaro de Soto,
1 Jun 2007
Asia Mediators' Retreat 2008 - Background Paper - Negotiating with groups that use terrorism: Lessons for policy-makers
Abstract

Do negotiations help to end violent terrorist campaigns? An overview of recent efforts in this regard reveals that idealistic platitudes are as misguided as righteous exhortations about the evils of terrorism.
 

by
Audrey Kurth Cronin,
30 Nov 2007
Asia Mediators' Retreat 2008 - Background paper - Prospects for Pakistan
Abstract

This paper examines the prospects for Pakistan after the elections in early 2008.

by
Owen Bennett-Jones,
14 Mar 2008
Asia Mediators' Retreat 2008 - Background paper - Will war lead to peace in Sri Lanka?
Abstract

By formally abrogating the Ceasefire Agreement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Sri Lankan government has finally proclaimed what has been a reality for two years – the effective end of the ceasefire brokered by the Norwegians six years ago. The Government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tigers have decided that war is not only inevitable but also required, before any fresh political process can emerge. The Tamil Tigers can emerge defeated, weakened, or emboldened from this fighting. This paper examines these three very different scenarios.

by
Ram Manikkalingam,
14 Mar 2008
Asia Mediators' Retreat 2008 - Background paper - Resources, rising powers and international security
Abstract

Energy security and the rise of China and India are two important elements of the current international discourse. Yet, we have barely begun to understand the full import of the intersection between the two issues. This paper raises some broader questions on the tension between the two Asian giants’ quest for energy security and the presumed Western consensus on the organising principles of international security. The paper begins with an assessment of the unfolding changes in the foreign policies of China and India amid the new imperatives of economic growth and resource security.

by
C. Raja Mohan,
14 Mar 2008

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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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