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Local actors in mediation and conflict resolution

“Even if we say we should enter into dialogue on equal terms, we should not pretend that there are no power structures at play. There are those who are included and excluded, those who are excluded, those among the included who have more power,” said Henning Melber at a seminar co-hosted by LPI Sweden.

As Sweden celebrated 200 years of peace in 2014, The Life & Peace Institute, in collaboration with the Uppsala University’s department of Peace and Conflict Research (DPCR), the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) and Fredens Hus, organized a seminar named “Tracks Ahead at 200 Years: Local Actors in Mediation and Negotiations for Peace”. The speakers were Ivan Svensson from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research (DPCR), Joel Ahlberg from the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), Jussi Ojala of Finn Church Aid and LPI’s Jenny Svanberg

The seminar focused on the role of local actors in the resolution of conflicts, the effects of dialogue among ethnic groups, the work and the methods used by the Life & Peace Institute, and related issues in peacebuilding. The seminar was moderated by Henning Melber, Senior Advisor at Dag Hammerskjold Foundation.