Simon J. A. Mason is a senior researcher in the Mediation Support Project at the Center for Security Studies, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich).
Debriefing Mediators to Learn from Their Experiences examines interviews conducted with mediators to learn lessons about their mediation “method.” These methodological debriefings are typically conducted by individuals who have not been directly involved in the mediator’s work but who want to learn the mediator’s perspective on what was done and why it was done. This handbook enhances the practice of mediation by showing how lessons from individual mediators can be identified and made available both to their organizations and to a wider practitioner audience. It also gives guidance to staff debriefing mediators who are or have been directly involved in peace negotiations.
Outlining a four-step process, this guide details how to
* Prepare for the Interview
* Conduct the Interview
* Structure and Analyze the Experience
* Disseminate the Knowledge Acquired
This volume is the fourth in the Peacemaker’s Toolkit series. Each handbook addresses a particular facet of the work of mediating violent conflicts, including such topics as negotiations with terrorists, constitution making, assessing and enhancing ripeness, and track-II peacemaking. It is co-published with CSS and Swiss Peace.