Mediation Support Team
The CSS Mediation Support Team seeks to develop and promote mediation methodology for dealing with violent political conflicts. Through research, training and direct process support, the team assists mediators and negotiators in improving mediation, conflict transformation and peace promotion efforts.
Contexts of focus for the CSS Mediation Support Team have included Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea, Indonesia, Kenya, Palestine, North Korea, South Caucasus, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand and Zimbabwe.
The team offers two annual courses: the Peace Mediation Course (with swisspeace and the Swiss FDFA) and the Religion and Mediation Course (with Swiss FDFA). In addition it regularly designs and delivers tailor-made workshops and trainings with a range of institutional partners, both international (e.g. UN, OSCE), governmental (e.g. Norway, Switzerland) and non-governmental (e.g. Cordoba Foundation Geneva, Zimbabwe Peace and Security Program).
Katrina Abatis is a program officer in the Mediation Support Team. She works within the Mediation Support Project (MSP), which is a joint project between the CSS and swisspeace, supported by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).
Jonas Baumann is a program officer in the Mediation Support Team. He is working within the Mediation Support Project (MSP) and within the Religion and Culture in Mediation (CARIM) program. He further coordinates the Mediation Support Network (MSN)