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 peacemaki