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International Peace Research Association (IPRA) – Freetown, Sierra Leone, 27th November –1st December 2016
Theme of the Conference: AGENDA FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster and Sustainable Development Debate
Peace Negotiation and Mediation Commission
Peace negotiation requires a sustained iterative process in which two or more conflict parties come to present and discuss their respective goals and needs at stake, prioritize nonviolent means of conflict resolution over armed struggle, and strive to find a mutually satisfactory way in which their aspirations are met. Mediation introduces intermediaries into peace negotiation. It also enables conflict parties to use diverse approaches to nonviolent communication that can facilitate relationship-building and problem-solving. While these two interrelated processes of peace negotiation and mediation are typically used to tackle the types and stages of social conflict that already became manifest, for example, through adversarial behavior, these processes may also be applied to the prevention of violent conflict, as well as to post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.
Given this conceptual background, the Peace Negotiation and Mediation Commission aims to provide an open, inviting forum in which participants of all disciplinary, methodological, regional, and cultural backgrounds can work together to conduct a rigorous social scientific inquiry into all aspects of peace negotiation and mediation. The Commission welcomes studies of negotiation and mediation at all levels – from local communities, sub-national groups, and states, to inter-state alliances and organizations. It encourages both innovative theory-building and applied practice that support effective policymaking and civil society action. It is committed to facilitating inclusive, participatory governance and sustained collegial support among its participants.