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Dialogue & Mediation

Dialogue & Mediation is at the core of GPPAC activities. Our members employ Dialogue & Mediation to prevent conflicts from escalating into violence. Dialogue is also used to decrease tensions and hostilities during the crisis. In post-conflict contexts, GPPAC members apply Dialogue & Mediation as a reconciliation tool to help parties to cooperate on joint steps toward solutions.

In all of these instances GPPAC members act as convenors, mediators and facilitators. They bring together parties from across conflict divides, and offer impartial settings and the knowledge to help steer difficult conversations. GPPAC members address tensions at the interstate level. GPPAC members in the Caucasus brought together political experts and former government officials for the first and the longest living Georgian-Russian dialogue process. Our members in Latin America and the Caribbean initiated and facilitated the US-Cuba academic dialogue. GPPAC also hosts and supports a civil society led dialogue for peace and stability in Northeast Asia, bringing groups from South Korea, North Korea, Russia, China, Japan, Mongolia, and the US.

GPPAC members also support local dialogues. They bring together Sunnis and Shia groups in Lebanon. They convene dialogues across ideological divides in in Ukraine. GPPAC members build confidence between Muslim and Christian groups in Indonesia, and mediate between indigenous communities and extractive industries in Mexico. GPPAC members supported trust building between the government of Uganda and the Uganda National Liberation Front, and contributed to the dialogue between the government of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front.

To achieve structural change, we complement dialogue with advocacy efforts. We do this to ensure that expert knowledge from the ground informs policies by channelling political insight resulting from dialogue processes to decision makers in relevant governments, regional or international organisations.