Attempting to resolve armed conflicts is generally a highly uncertain undertaking in which third parties can have a decisive role. Within the framework of their interventions, third parties can significantly improve the effectiveness of their interventions through solid up-to-date and ongoing conflict analysis.
In Conflict analysis: the foundation for effective action, the fifth publication in the Mediation Practice Series, Konrad Huber explains why and how conflict analysis can be instrumental in supporting third parties. He introduces seven key components that can usefully inform a rigorous practical approach to conflict analysis. Those building blocks are: the context, the actors, the process design and sequencing, the issues of negotiations, the comparative practice, and the implementation roadblocks.
The Mediation Practice Series is a collection of short publications which seek to provide mediation practitioners with insight into how challenges have been addressed by others in order to help them prepare for the demands of mediation. The series draws on feedback from mediators and their teams and aims to address the lack of adequate reference material and insight into other peace processes available in this field.