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Peace Talks in Focus. Report on Trends and Scenarios

Peace Talks in Focus. Report on Trends and Scenarios is a yearbook that analyses peace processes and negotiations that took place in the world during a year. The examination of the development and dynamics of negotiations worldwide allows to provide a comprehensive overview of peace processes, identify trends and comparatively analyse the various scenarios. Peace Talks in Focus. Report on Trends and Scenarios also analyses the evolution of peace processes from a gender perspective. One of the main objectives of this report is to provide information and analysis to those who participate in peaceful conflict resolution at different levels, including parties to disputes, mediators, civil society activists and others.

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About Peace Talks in Focus:

Why must we keep peace talks in focus? Despite the difficulties involved, we have to find the best ways out of festering armed conflicts. We must see and explore alternative pathways for reform and reconciliation. We need to know the missing pieces that would make a peace process more inclusive for men and women, young and old. We need to learn what worked, and how compromises and consensus were found – or not. Contexts may vary, actors may be many. Escola de Cultura de Pau’s annual review of peace talks takes us to the different nooks and crannies where spaces for resolution and transformation were found. In this new edition of the yearbook, the Escola de Cultura de Pau has kept this focus on one of humanity’s most vulnerable yet valuable endeavours.

Miriam Coronel Ferrer
Philippine government signatory to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, member of the UN Standby Mediation Team


As the nature of armed conflicts is constantly evolving, peace processes must adjust to changes. The yearbook Peace talks in focus 2019. Report on Trends and Scenarios is an essential tool for understanding trends in the evolution of peace processes.

Kristian Herbolzheimer
Director of the International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP)


It is the persistent endeavors on the part of armed actors, domestic and international supporters that help to move peace processes forward. While slowdowns and stalemates are often expected, peace processes when successful deliver peace and stability. The yearbook Peace Talks in Focus 2019. Report on Trends and Scenarios by the Escola de Cultura de Pau provides a comprehensive overview of ongoing peace processes by highlighting the negotiating parties, involved international actors, and the negotiation phases –all full of events. The yearbook provides the global and regional trends along with case studies by highlighting the roles of key local and domestic stakeholders whose roles are often not discussed in the mainstream policy and academic debates. The mediators and negotiators, peace researchers, and students all will find this resource very useful for the in-depth information and comparative insights on the universe of peace processes currently progressing around the world.

Madhav Joshi
Research Associate Professor and Associate Director of Peace Accords Matrix (PAM), Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame.