Mandating Peace: Enhancing the UN Security Council’s Approach to Mediation


Location: Zoom Webinar, Keough School of Global Affairs Washington Office

Un Mediation Event

The UN Security Council has primary responsibility for ending armed conflicts. But how do its resolutions affect crucial mediation efforts to achieve that goal? Until recently, there was little debate on this vital question by scholars and the Council itself. 

Last year, the German government commissioned a groundbreaking report exploring how the Council can contribute to more effective mediation, which is often the only means of stopping killings and massive humanitarian suffering. In October, UN member states discussed the report at a special meeting of the Council

Join us for a panel discussion on the report, featuring government officials, senior mediators, civil society experts, and the report’s author—Professor Laurie Nathan, director of the Mediation Program at the Keough School’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Hear insights from experts who will unpack and debate the report’s findings and what they mean for the future of mediation and peacemaking.


  • Dr. Antje Herrberg, Senior Mediation Advisor, European External Action Service, European Union
  • Barney Afako, Member, United Nations Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisors
  • Asif Khan, Chief of Mediation Support, United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs
  • Ambassador Günter Sautter, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations
  • David Lanz, Co-head, Mediation Support Network and swisspeace Mediation Program
  • Oliver Wils, Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa Regional Peace Support, Berghof Foundation
  • Laurie Nathan, Mediation Program Directror, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs

This event is presented by the Keough School and the Mediation Program of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, in partnership with the German Federal Foreign Office and the Mediation Support Network.

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