Published on 5/14/2017

Examining recent experiences and lessons learned, the participants identified a range of opportunities for mutual knowledge exchange and capacity strengthening with potential for joint mediation efforts.

The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) in collaboration with the Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO), held a research workshop in Oslo to explore potential complementarities between Norway and Qatar as third-party mediators.  Examining recent experiences and lessons learned, the participants identified a range of opportunities for mutual knowledge exchange and capacity strengthening with potential for joint mediation efforts.

The workshop was followed by a closed roundtable meeting at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended by senior officials from both governments including Ambassador Mutlaq Al-Qahtani, Qatar's Special Envoy for Conflict Resolution and Counter Terrorism, and the Norwegian Ministry's Director for Peace and Reconciliation, Tone Baekkevold Allers, where initial findings from the workshop were shared.

Sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and jointly chaired by PRIO's Director Kristian Berg Harpviken and Director of the CHS at the Doha Institute Sultan Barakat, the workshop and the roundtable were attended by senior researchers from both institutions with interest in Conflict Mediation and the Middle East.