Peace Interrupted – The Success and Limits of International Mediation

Location
715 Muirhead Tower
Dates
Wednesday 9th October 2019 (15:00-17:00)
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Contact

Cecilia Davis c.c.davis@bham.ac.uk

Pascal da Rocha (from Columbia University, USA) will present his recent book and his experience as international mediator.

Whereas the onset and occurrence of internationally mandated mediation does not face too many issues, the problems show up when mediators shepherd the parties through the iterations of distributive bargaining and concession-making, especially if and when either the mandate does not cover the kind of concessions mediators can extract or when the burgeoning field of non-state armed actors takes hold of the mediation process.  How does the mediator deal with the potential impasse?  What process considerations are available to the mediator? 

Pascal da Rocha will focus on these and other related concerns and provide an in-depth case study on Sudan.
Dr Joan McGregor will join him during the discussion section and provide her reflection on mediation practices. 

About Pascal da Rocha 

José Pascal da Rocha has over 20 years of experience in crisis negotiations in volatile environments, more than 16 years’ experience in mediation, and he currently carries out political advisory and political mediation activities for organizations such as UN, NATO, the AU and EU. His thematic expertise is in cease fire mediation, gender inclusion, national dialogue processes and reconciliation. Pascal also provides advisory services for Fortune 100 companies in change management strategies and organizational development. Furthermore, Pascal holds lecturing appointments at Columbia University in the City of New York and IESEG School of Management in Paris/Lille, France. He has published on diversity management, political mediation, and collective leadership in organizations.

About Joan McGregor

Dr Joan McGregor  is a specialist in Conflict Transformation with over 50 years’ experience internationally with particular interest in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  She has significant expertise in community and mid-level mediation, dialogue skills and processes, conflict analysis and conflict sensitive approaches in humanitarian aid, development and peacebuilding.  

Dr McGregor is an independent conflict transformation practitioner and consultant in conflict transformation, based in Birmingham, UK.  In addition to undertaking a range of consultancies and programmes internationally, she also teaches at MA level at several universities in the UK.