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Diasporas as catalysts for dialogue: the cases of Laos and Papua
02 June 2016 by Marc Probst

What role can diasporas play in advancing peace? How can mediators work with diaspora groups to ensure that they contribute positively to the resolution of conflict? This paper examines, from a mediation practitioner’s perspective, the roles that diasporas can play as catalysts for dialogue in peace processes. Using insights from two case studies – Laos and Papua (Indonesia) – he takes a look at the current debate around the role of diasporas in conflict resolution and draws on lessons learnt from Laos and Papua to suggest ways in which peacemakers can constructively engage diaspora communities.

Diasporas as catalysts for dialogue: the cases of Laos and Papua is the fifth paper in the Oslo Forum Papers series. The Oslo Forum Papers seek to advance thinking and debate on key, yet sensitive, issues linked to armed conflict mediation and international peacemaking.

War is back - The International Response to Armed Conflict
26 May 2016 by David Harland

Essay published in Horizons – Journal of International Relations and Sustainable Development, Spring 2016 / Issue No. 7.
Horizons is the English-language quarterly magazine of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD, is a public policy think-tank registered in Belgrade and New York.

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Annual Report - The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in 2015
17 May 2016 by HD

This short publication provides a concise overview of the organisation’s operations in 2015. It focuses in particular on HD’s activities in each of the regions in which it is involved: Africa, Asia, Eurasia, as well as the Middle East and North Africa. The report also touches on the organisation’s continued focus on improving the practice of mediation, including by addressing inclusion issues and  strengthening monitoring and evaluation approaches.

Post-election assessment of conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms in Nigeria
10 March 2016 by Babatunde Afolabi and Sabina Avasiloae

The report, Post-election assessment of conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms in Nigeria, presents the findings of an assessment of the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria. Conducted by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), the assessment focused on political and inter-communal tensions before, during, and immediately after the 2015 polls. It describes formal and informal mechanisms set up at state and national level to help prevent and address disputes as well as violent conflicts in the context of the elections. In addition to explaining the factors that influenced the establishment and management of these alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms in Nigeria, the assessment also evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of Nigeria’s different ADR methods. The authors conclude by identifying the opportunities and scope for using conflict resolution mechanisms to address some of the systemic and recurrent causes of dispute in Nigeria.