Engaging armed groups



Alastair Crooke

Alastair Crooke served as adviser on security issues to European Union (EU) High Representative Javier Solana and was instrumental in facilitating various ceasefires between 2002 and 2003 in the Israeli-Palestinian context. He was an intermediary on behalf of the EU in facilitating the Hudna (truce) of June 2003.

Clem McCartney

Clem McCartney is an independent consultant on conflict and community issues from Northern Ireland, where he has worked with the main protagonists on the peace process. Recent involvements include the Sri Lankan and Georgian-Abkhaz conflicts.

David Petrasek

David Petrasek is Policy Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. He previously worked for the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, the International Council on Human Rights Policy and Amnesty International.

Elisabeth Reusse-Decrey

Elisabeth Reusse-Decrey is Executive President of Geneva Call.

Frances Fortune

Frances Fortune was Conciliation Resources' West Africa programme coordinator from March 1997 to July 2000, based in Bo. Previously she worked with a number of international and Sierra Leonean NGOs on social and rural development programmes.

Ilyas Akhmadov

Ilyas Akhmadov was appointed Foreign Minister of Chechnya in 1999. He is currently a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC.

Joaquín Villalobos

Joaquín Villalobos is a former leader of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front. A consultant on peacemaking and security matters, he is also a visiting scholar at Oxford University and is on the Colombia Working Group at Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC.

Julian Thomas Hottinger

Julian Thomas Hottinger works with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. He is a highly experienced mediator and has provided expert technical assistance to peace negotiations in conflict situations including Sudan, Indonesia and Uganda. He holds a PhD in Political Science and specialised as an International Conflict Mediator at the Canadian International Institute for Applied Negotiations [CIIAN] in Ottawa, Canada.

Lam Akol

Dr. Lam Akol is currently a member of the National Liberation Council of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement / Army (SPLM/A). He has held various posts within the Movement (1986-1991), SPLM-Nasir (1991-1993) and SPLM-United (1993-2003), and also served as Minister of Transport (1998-2002).

Liz Philipson

Liz Philipson has been involved in Sri Lankan issues for over 15 years. From 1993-97, She worked as South Asia Programme Manager at International Alert and directed several conflict resolution initiatives within Sri Lanka. Previously, she was a researcher in the UK House of Commons. She is Chair of War on Want, a British Development Charity. She is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam


Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam was appointed the British government's Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair in May 1997.

Nicholas (Fink) Haysom

Long-time legal adviser to former South African President Nelson Mandela, Fink Haysom has extensive direct experience of mediation and facilitation in a number of peace processes. He was appointed to lead the UN team helping Iraq to write its new Constitution and from 2002 has worked under General Sumbeiywo on the IGAD peace process.

President Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter was President of the United States from 1977 to 1981 and is founder and Chair of The Carter Center, a non-partisan and not-for-profit organisation that advances peace and health worldwide.

Rashid Sandi

Rashid Sandi was a member of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) from 1991 to 2000. He was the RUF’s representative as Co-Chair of the Socio-Humanitarian committee at the Lomé peace talks.

Rene V. Sarmiento

Rene V. Sarmiento has been a member of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines Peace Panel for talks with the CPP/NPA/NDF since February 1996. He teaches human rights law and constitutional law.

Robert Ricigliano

Rob Ricigliano is the Director of Institute of World Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is the former Executive Director of the Conflict Management Group and Associate Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project.

Rob Ricigliano is the Director of Institute of World Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is the former Executive Director of the Conflict Management Group and Associate Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project.

Saw David Taw

Saw David Taw heads the foreign affairs departments of both the Karen National Union and National Democratic Front. He is also a member of the National Council of the Union of Burma Foreign Affairs Committee.

Steven A. Smith

Steven A. Smith is a consultant specialising in conflict resolution and links between conflict and natural resources. He has been an NGO coordinator in Rwandan refugee camps in the Democratic Republic of Congo, country director for USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives in Rwanda, and senior advocate for Refugees International covering humanitarian crises in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sue Williams

Sue Williams is an independent consultant who has lived and worked for most of her professional life as a mediator and a trainer in conflict transformation and development.


Terry Waite

As adviser on international affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Terry Waite negotiated the release of several hostages in the Middle East before being taken captive himself in Beirut in 1987. He was released in 1991.

Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran

Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran is a legal adviser to the LTTE and an Attorney-at-Law in the USA.

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