The European Institute of Peace engages in mediation and dialogue projects in Europe's neighbourhood as well as insde Europe. Our flexible structure allows us to act swiftly and engage in complex negotiations. Our approach to mediation is informed by principles such as consent, impartiality, inclusivity and coherence. Learn more about our projects: Syria | South Eastern Europe | Libya | Preventive Diplomacy | Yemen
The EIP supports various dialogue processes for local, national, regional and international actors to share and brainstorm political ideas to end the conflict in Syria. Since early 2015 EIP has – in collaboration with Search for Common Ground - convened regular coordination meetings of international track II organisations working on Syria. The meetings are attended by track II practitioners, regional analysts, government representatives, and European and international multilateral institutions that actively support conflict resolution efforts for Syria. Previous meetings have dealt with topics related to regional dynamics and their implications for a solution; international resolutions and roadmaps for peace in Syria; as well as broader discussions on governance and transition, avenues for reconciliation, armed groups and extremism, among others. In addition to increasing coordination, this platform serves to generate practical recommendations and policy options on different substantive issues relevant to the state of the conflict. The platform has thus far resulted in visible greater information-sharing and complementarity between participating organisations, and has created bridges between the UN-led track I process for peace in Syria and track II processes working internationally and locally
The EIP has helped to deal with inter-ethnic relations in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In a context of great political and parliamentary turmoil, and diminishing prospects for EU accession, ethnic relations risked to be further polarised. The EIP has worked alongside the Government and the OSCE to conduct a qualitative review of the Ohrid Framework Agreement (OFA) to encourage a more cohesive society. The process was participatory in nature, benefitting from input from 70 representatives of public administration in the first phase, and over 200 representatives from political parties, civil society and academia in the second phase of consultations. The report has been formally submitted to the Macedonian Council of Ministers for its consideration
Libya grapples with multiple layers of conflict which have affected the lives of more than 3 million people across the country. The EIP seeks to contribute to a more conducive environment for nationwide, sustainable peace in Libya by engaging with local communities in southern Libya. EIP is concentrating efforts on creating links between the national and the subnational level with the aim to reinforce local reconciliation processes and increase ownership of the peace process.
Preventive diplomacy has long been recognised as “the most desirable and efficient employment of diplomacy [...] to ease tensions before they result in conflict – or, if conflict breaks out, to act swiftly to contain it and resolve its underlying causes” (United Nations Agenda for Peace). However, examples of effective preventive diplomacy are still comparatively rare, despite the existence of well-developed early warning systems. To address this gap, EIP is establishing a "Preventive Diplomacy Group" (PDG) - a group of senior diplomats to identify and formulate preventive diplomacy actions and strategies that will ease tensions, prevent political destabilisation and contain potential conflicts. PDG is an innovative initiative in support of European conflict prevention and resolution efforts.
EIP’s initiative aims to increase, refine and enhance preventive diplomatic efforts with the ultimate goal to address the most pressing challenges that Europe is currently facing: political instability, growing tensions and insecurity, as well as the spread of radicalism and terrorism. The PDG will identify and execute timely and precise diplomatic interventions; broadcast executive analysis of conflict risks and prevention; and enhance the understanding of facilitated dialogue by differentiating operationally from existing tools for conflict-resolution. The Preventive Diplomacy Group is currently composed of Ambassadors Gerard Stoudmann, Bruno Joubert, Pieter Feith and Sir Derek Plumbly.
Read more about preventive diplomacy on EIP's blog:
- Time to invest in ‘preventive diplomacy’
- EIP Explainer: What is ‘preventive diplomacy’?
- Reinventing our toolkit for peace
The EIP is working directly with the parties relevant to the conflict in Yemen in support of the UN-led peace process. EIP's projects in Yemen aim to increase understanding of relevant actors, their motivations and the core issues feeding political, social and economic grievances in the south of the country.