Professor Laurie Nathan helps draft new protocol on mediation and diplomacy


Participants in the protocol consultation in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo provided by Laurie Nathan.

In May, Laurie Nathan, Director of the Kroc Institute’s Mediation Program and professor of the Practice of Mediation, participated in a consultation and validation workshop to consider the draft protocol on preventive diplomacy and mediation, prepared for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).


IGAD is the regional organization that led the mediation efforts to end the armed conflicts in Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan.


The consultative meeting was held in Nairobi, Kenya, and was attended by officials from IGAD member states. Following the meeting of officials, the draft protocol was approved by the IGAD Committee of Ambassadors. It will be submitted for approval by the heads of the state, after which it will become part of the treaty establishing IGAD.


Nathan was the lead drafter of the protocol.


"The document could make a significant contribution to more consistent, predictable and effective conflict resolution in a region that is characterized by many tensions within and between member states," said Nathan. 


Click here for more information on IGAD’s endorsement of their new protocol. 


About the Kroc Institute: The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, which is part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, supports study, research and practice centered on strategies for sustainable peace and supports undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. students in peace studies.



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