The ECP analyses the pandemic's influence on peace talks

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The UAB's School of Culture of Peace (ECP) launches a new edition of its anual publication on peace processes and talks around the world. On the ECP website viewers can download the full publication, or view separate chapters and their corresponding infographics.

27/05/2021

The School of Culture of Peace of the UAB (ECP) has published its Peace Talks in Focus. Report on Trends and Scenarios, a yearbook which analyses the evolution and dynamics behind peace talks around the world. It is published with two main objectives in mind: to provide information and the analyses to those participating in the peaceful resolution of conflicts; and to make visible different types of negotiations and talks which can serve as alternatives to violence and war. It therefore aims to guide political actors, diplomats and social entities down a non-violent and respectful road towards peace.

This new edition is published in an exceptional moment: the situation with a global pandemic has made all logistical and negotiation processes more difficult. However, the ECP has nonetheless been able to gather a large amount of data in all five regions analysed, all of which reveal the facilities and difficulties in peacefully solving conflicts amidst a global pandemic.

The yearbook is structured into six different chapters: the first chapter includes a summary and map of the forty peace processes and talks occurring in 2020. The following five chapters focus on the analysis of these processes and talks from a geographic perspective, with an outlook on gender, peace and safety; the chapters are dedicated to Africa, America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, in this order.

The work of the ECP thus aims to be of use to a variety of organisations and entities. Antje Herrberg, senior mediation advisor at the European External Action Service (EEAS), assures that "the yearbook is an essential resource in terms of actions to support peace processes conducted with the EEAS team". The publication also reflects the current situation caused by the pandemic. Dag Nylander, director of the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution, states that "the impact of the pandemic on the capacity of peacebuilding actors to reach conflict zones and acquire reliable and true infomation has made the ECP's work even more important than ever".

More information: School for the Culture of Peace