Mediating Conflicts: Reasons for Success or Failure

Jan Eliasson

Event: Stockholm Peace Talks 2015
Location: Sveriges Riksdag, Stockholm
Date: 29/01/2015

Jan begins by disclosing his formula for peace: peace, development and respect for human rights. Citing his experience as a mediator in the Iran-Iraq war, he then explains the principle elements that play a role in the success or failure of any mediation or negotiation: language, timing, cultural sensitivity, and personal relations and personality.

Tags: Cultural Sensitivity,  Darfur,  Development,  Human Rights,  Iran,  Iraq,  Languages,  Mediation,  Negotiation,  Peace,  Personal Relations,  Personality

Jan Eliasson

Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Jan Eliasson was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations on 1 July 2012. The Swedish diplomat has held various positions within the United Nations system, including as the first UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and as President of the 60th session of the UN General Assembly. He was appointed Foreign Minister of Sweden in 2006 and has previously worked as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Sweden’s Ambassador to the US and the United Nations.