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Adaptation and innovation in peace mediation

This issue of Accord explores areas of adaptation and innovation in peace mediation in four sections:

  • Section 1: The landscape for peace mediation
  • Section 2: Diversified mediators, mandates and ambitions
  • Section 3: Engaging resistant, elusive and excluded parties in peace mediation
  • Section 4: Mediating with and on technology

Download the policy brief here.

In this video, Accord Editor Teresa Whitfield summarises some of the current challenges facing peacebuilders and how they are adapting to meet a changing mediation landscape. 


Helena Puig-Larrauri for guiding us in the volume’s approach to mediation with and on technology, as well as other members of the volume’s Advisory Board – Barney Afako, Abbas Aroua, Irena Grizelj, David Lanz, Philipp Lustenberger and Marie-Joëlle Zahar.

In addition to the authors, many of whom provided advice and guidance beyond their own contributions, Roxaneh Bazergan, Janel B. Galvanek, David Gorman, Romain Grandjean, Sophie Haspeslagh, Nicolas Haysom, Eemeli Isoaho, Ashley Jackson, Simon Mason, Florence Mpaayei, Katia Papagianni, Meredith Preston-McGhie, Michael Semple, Benjamin Smith and Stephanie Williams as well as others who contributed to or reviewed drafts along the way.

Colleagues from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs for valuable input, guidance and support.

Many Conciliation Resources staff who have made essential contributions to this Accord project and publication, with particular thanks to Tom Barton, Nick Bennett, Alastair Carr, Sophia Close, Jonathan Cohen, Felix Colchester, Emily Deeming, Lauren Distler, Teresa Dumasy, Amy Dwyer, Sally Holt, Tessa Tribe and Alison Wright.

The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Conciliation Resources. Opinions expressed by all contributors are their own.

Conciliation Resources is grateful to the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the UK International Development for support for the Accord Still time to talk project.

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The views expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Swiss FDFA.


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This material has been funded by UK International Development from the UK government; however, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.

Permission is granted for reproduction and use of the materials for educational purposes. Please acknowledge your source when using the materials and notify Conciliation Resources.

References to this publication should be cited using the following format:

Whitfield, T (ed.), Still time to talk: adaptation and innovation in peace mediation, Accord 30 (London: Conciliation Resources, 2024)