“Adaptive mediation and conflict resolution”, Cedric H. de Coning (NUPI, Norway)

How to secure peace after conflict? In a new book, Cedric de Coning and colleagues examine what lessons can be learned about adaptive mediation from the conflicts in Colombia, Mozambique, the Philippines, and Syria.

‘One unfortunate side-effect of the professionalization of mediation over the past three decades is that the focus has shifted from the conflict and the parties to the mediator and the agreement’,  says Research Professor Cedric de Coning (NUPI).

This has led to considerable pressure on mediators to generate agreements that adhere to international expectations, based on international ‘best practice’ or ‘standards’.

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