Home
English
Arabic

Follow
us

CMI - Peace broker

All conflicts can be resolved.

WHO WE ARE

The Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is an independent Finnish organisation that works to prevent and resolve violent conflicts through informal dialogue and mediation. Nobel Peace laureate and former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari founded CMI in 2000. Since then, our organisation has grown to become one of the leaders of its field.
funding
decision-making
Mediation and Dialogue
Mediation Support
Support to states and societies

PROGRAMME

Mediation and dialogue are now recognised as the most effective ways of preventing, managing, and resolving violent conflicts. They are the core competencies of CMI, an independent conflict resolution organisation that helps conflict parties settle their differences.

Protracted violent conflicts corrode the foundations of society in many ways: they create and exacerbate poverty, corruption, refugee flows, and political and economic strife; not to mention the vain loss of human lives. It is clear that present-day conflicts cannot be resolved through further violence. Independent actors like CMI have a crucial role in supporting and supplementing the conflict resolution efforts of official institutions and governments.

A wide range of nonviolent means can be used to support the transitions of fragile nations from armed conflict to peaceful political processes. In this setting mediation and dialogue has been recognized as one of the most effective forms of mediation. They form the solid framework of CMI’s overall programme which seeks to prevent and resolve violent, political conflicts by strengthening the effectiveness and sustainability of processes to resolve them, and which is focused on making meaningful contributions to peace processes in three regions – the Middle East and North Africa, Eurasia and Sub-Saharan Africa. A strong focus on women’s participation and gender-specific aspects of conflict is extensively integrated into all parts of CMI’s overall programme.

 

Some figures of our programme during 2015

Key figures of CMI's programme during 2015.

Key figures of CMI’s programme during 2015.

Mediation and Dialogue
Mediation Support
Support to states and societies

MEDIATION AND
DIALOGUE

CMI’s mediation and dialogue aims to build trust between conflicting parties by developing unofficial channels and spaces for dialogue.

CMI produces mediation processes that aid the development of sustainable solutions to conflict. Mediation and dialogue are the most fundamental elements of our work. We address several challenges in the peace process: the lack of channels and lack of trust between the conflict parties, limited capacity and inclusion of the various stakeholders, and the lack of analytical frameworks for developing joint solutions.

Here, the core of our work consists of activities in which CMI directly engages with parties to the conflict and other stakeholders as an impartial facilitator. Through these engagements, CMI provides space for dialogue and negotiations to analyse the situation and work together with stakeholders towards mutually acceptable solutions for ending the conflict.

In mediation and dialogue our niche is on informal, yet high-level interactions. Often the major added value of our work lies precisely in the unofficial nature of these engagements. Unofficial processes are at their best when they create safe spaces and communication channels where essential and difficult questions related to the conflict can be discussed, analysed and agreed on without being compromised by the high-stakes political manoeuvrings that often characterize official political struggles. And when this is coordinated with the official efforts, it provides a crucial building block in search for overall solutions. A central characteristic of CMI’s work that is important to remember is that our work is independent of but complementary to official peacebuilding efforts.

Mediation and Dialogue
Mediation Support
Support to states and societies

MEDIATION SUPPORT

CMI provides expert support to help states, organisations and key individuals to mediate more effectively.

By providing mediation support we help states, organisations and key individuals to be better equipped to undertake and support mediation endeavours. We deploy and share our pool of expertise and experience with other third-party mediators to support them in the long term in preventing and resolving conflicts in their target countries.

There is increased recognition internationally of the need to strengthen the overall mediation capabilities of the different actors working in international mediation. Peace processes that are aimed at a mediated solution to a political conflict include a wide range of actors with different skills, resources and mandates to contribute to the mediation process. Providing effective support to the international mediation community can increase the chances of successfully preventing, mitigating and resolving conflicts, and of thereby creating a durable and equitable peace.

Mediation support includes long-term support addressing some of the systemic gaps in the international peace making system as well as on-demand operational support focusing on specific peace processes. CMI increasingly focuses on the latter, by supporting specific mediation teams in their mandated efforts. These on-demand activities can be carried out within long-term partnerships, such as our cooperation with the African Union and the European Union. Another cornerstone of our operational support is our ability to link unofficial dialogue to official peace process efforts.

Mediation and Dialogue
Mediation Support
Support to states and societies

SUPPORT TO STATES AND SOCIETIES

CMI assists states and other national actors in adapting the relevant principles and practices of effective mediation and conflict resolution to the specific political and societal processes of the country in question.

In our experience, the crucial success elements of peace processes can many times be best guaranteed if the conflict prevention and resolution efforts are embedded in nationally-led entities within the existing political systems. Our underlying assumption in this context is that to prevent and resolve conflicts, external mediators or peace processes that are separate from the political and societal practices may not always be needed.

CMI plays a constructive role in working directly with the key actors responsible for broader political processes, such as national dialogues, parliamentary work and societal, political and legislative reforms. We can bring together the best practices of mediation and dialogue – namely trust building, inclusion and analytical frameworks which emphasize political compromises over competition – and integrate them with national political practices. The activities can focus on direct support to national actors. However, the activities often consist of well-coordinated dialogue efforts through which CMI can provide venues for informal exchange of ideas under the umbrella of nationally owned processes.

regions-and-themes
measuring-results
Most recent
Archive

ARCHIVE

Friday, 1st July 2016
Wednesday, 29th June 2016
Wednesday, 29th June 2016
Thursday, 23rd June 2016
Thursday, 16th June 2016
Wednesday, 15th June 2016
Thursday, 9th June 2016
Tuesday, 7th June 2016
Monday, 6th June 2016
Thursday, 2nd June 2016
Wednesday, 25th May 2016
Thursday, 19th May 2016
Wednesday, 11th May 2016
Tuesday, 10th May 2016
Monday, 9th May 2016
Sunday, 8th May 2016
Thursday, 28th April 2016
Thursday, 14th April 2016
Wednesday, 13th April 2016
Wednesday, 13th April 2016
Sunday, 3rd April 2016
Friday, 1st April 2016
Thursday, 31st March 2016
Tuesday, 8th March 2016
Tuesday, 1st March 2016
Tuesday, 9th February 2016
Tuesday, 26th January 2016
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
Tuesday, 8th December 2015
Wednesday, 2nd December 2015
Tuesday, 17th November 2015
Tuesday, 17th November 2015
Monday, 16th November 2015
Friday, 13th November 2015
Friday, 13th November 2015
Thursday, 12th November 2015
Tuesday, 10th November 2015
Tuesday, 10th November 2015
Monday, 19th October 2015
Friday, 16th October 2015
Thursday, 15th October 2015
Thursday, 15th October 2015
Thursday, 8th October 2015
Monday, 5th October 2015
Friday, 2nd October 2015
Friday, 18th September 2015
Monday, 14th September 2015
Thursday, 3rd September 2015
Wednesday, 2nd September 2015
Tuesday, 1st September 2015
Monday, 31st August 2015
Thursday, 27th August 2015
Thursday, 27th August 2015
Wednesday, 26th August 2015
Wednesday, 26th August 2015
Tuesday, 25th August 2015
Monday, 24th August 2015
Monday, 24th August 2015
Sunday, 23rd August 2015
Wednesday, 19th August 2015
Friday, 14th August 2015
Tuesday, 11th August 2015
Friday, 31st July 2015
Thursday, 16th July 2015
Tuesday, 14th July 2015
Monday, 13th July 2015
Friday, 10th July 2015
Thursday, 9th July 2015
Wednesday, 8th July 2015
Monday, 6th July 2015
Wednesday, 1st July 2015
Wednesday, 24th June 2015
Wednesday, 17th June 2015
Tuesday, 16th June 2015
Friday, 12th June 2015
Wednesday, 10th June 2015
Friday, 5th June 2015
Friday, 29th May 2015
Thursday, 28th May 2015
Sunday, 17th May 2015
Thursday, 30th April 2015
Monday, 27th April 2015
Monday, 27th April 2015
Friday, 24th April 2015
Wednesday, 15th April 2015
Tuesday, 7th April 2015
Tuesday, 7th April 2015
Tuesday, 31st March 2015
Friday, 27th March 2015
Thursday, 26th March 2015
Thursday, 19th March 2015
Wednesday, 18th March 2015
Friday, 6th March 2015
Thursday, 5th March 2015
Wednesday, 4th March 2015
Monday, 2nd March 2015
Wednesday, 25th February 2015
Monday, 26th January 2015
Monday, 26th January 2015
Wednesday, 21st January 2015
Tuesday, 13th January 2015
Monday, 22nd December 2014
Monday, 22nd December 2014
Friday, 19th December 2014
Thursday, 18th December 2014
Monday, 15th December 2014
Wednesday, 10th December 2014
Tuesday, 9th December 2014
Monday, 8th December 2014
Thursday, 4th December 2014
Tuesday, 2nd December 2014
Tuesday, 11th November 2014
Monday, 10th November 2014
Sunday, 9th November 2014
Thursday, 30th October 2014
Friday, 24th October 2014
Thursday, 23rd October 2014
Wednesday, 15th October 2014
Friday, 10th October 2014
Thursday, 9th October 2014
Wednesday, 8th October 2014
Tuesday, 7th October 2014
Wednesday, 1st October 2014
Wednesday, 24th September 2014
Wednesday, 17th September 2014
Wednesday, 10th September 2014
Tuesday, 19th August 2014
Monday, 18th August 2014
Tuesday, 12th August 2014
Friday, 8th August 2014
Thursday, 31st July 2014
Thursday, 17th July 2014
Wednesday, 16th July 2014
Thursday, 3rd July 2014
Monday, 30th June 2014
Monday, 30th June 2014
Friday, 27th June 2014
Wednesday, 25th June 2014
Tuesday, 24th June 2014
Monday, 23rd June 2014
Thursday, 19th June 2014
Monday, 16th June 2014
Thursday, 12th June 2014
Tuesday, 10th June 2014
Monday, 9th June 2014
Monday, 9th June 2014
Monday, 9th June 2014
Tuesday, 3rd June 2014
Thursday, 22nd May 2014
Wednesday, 2nd April 2014
Wednesday, 12th March 2014
Saturday, 8th March 2014
Thursday, 6th March 2014
Wednesday, 5th March 2014
Monday, 3rd March 2014
Tuesday, 25th February 2014
Thursday, 13th February 2014
Friday, 7th February 2014
Friday, 7th February 2014
Thursday, 6th February 2014
Thursday, 6th February 2014
Thursday, 6th February 2014
Thursday, 6th February 2014
Friday, 24th January 2014
Friday, 17th January 2014
Wednesday, 15th January 2014
Tuesday, 14th January 2014
Tuesday, 14th January 2014
publications

DONATE NOW

Today’s violent conflicts cannot be solved by further conflict – any lasting peace requires a negotiated solution. To build sustainable peace, we need your help. Donate to CMI to support our work in conflict prevention and conflict resolution around the world.
Select payment method:
Choose the amount you want to donate:
Money collection licence number POL-2015-12224. The licence is valid from 1.12.2015
through 30.11.2017 throughout Finland (not valid on the Åland Islands).
premium-donors-club
corporate-partnerships

CONTACT

GENERAL

E-mail: cmi.helsinki(a)cmi.fi
Telephone: +358 75 755 1800
(office hours 9-16)
Telefax: +358 9 42428110

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Laura Seppälä
+358 50 3311886
laura.seppala(a)cmi.fi
comms(a)cmi.fi

CMI’S CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

In matters concerning CMI’s Chairman of the Board, President Ahtisaari, please contact his personal assistant Tuula Tanskanen (tuula.tanskanen(a)cmi.fi)

CMI’s board

CMI OFFICE IN HELSINKI

Eteläranta 12 (2nd floor)
00130 Helsinki
Finland

CMI OFFICE IN BRUSSELS

Rue Belliard 205, box 3
1040 Brussels
Belgium

staff
media
vacancies
Biography
CV
Press photos

ABOUT
MARTTI AHTISAARI

Martti Ahtisaari

Martti Ahtisaari is a former UN diplomat, a Finnish statesman and a renowned peace mediator in international conflicts. Upon leaving office of President of Finland, he founded the Crisis Management Initiative in 2000. In 2008 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leading role in bringing independence to Namibia, Serbia’s withdrawal from Kosovo, and autonomy for Aceh in Indonesia.

Biography
CV
Press photos

MARTTI AHTISAARI
A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

After a distinguished career in the United Nations and the Finnish Foreign Ministry, Martti Ahtisaari was elected President of the Republic of Finland in 1994. He held office until early 2000.

In 2000, Martti Ahtisaari founded Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), a non-governmental organisation, to continue his legacy in conflict resolution. Today President Ahtisaari acts as the Chairman of the Board of CMI. For his life’s work Ahtisaari was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008.

Upon leaving office in 2000, Ahtisaari has served in a variety of key international roles, including facilitating the peace process between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement, chairing an independent panel on the security and safety of UN personnel in Iraq, and appointments as UN Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa and as Personal Envoy of the OSCE CiO for Central Asia. Between 2005 and 2008, Ahtisaari was Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the future status process for Kosovo.

President Ahtisaari is active in numerous non-governmental capacities. In addition to chairing the board of CMI, he is Chairman of the Independent Commission on Turkey. He is also a member of the Elders, an independent group of global leaders working for peace and human rights, and a member of the Prize Committee of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Martti Ahtisaari is married to Eeva Ahtisaari. They have a son.

Download as PDF

Biography
CV
Press photos

MARTTI AHTISAARI
CURRICULUM VITAE

Mr. Ahtisaari was elected President of the Republic of Finland in February 1994. He held office from the 1st of March 1994 to the 29th of February 2000. Soon after leaving office Mr. Ahtisaari founded the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), where he is currently Chairman of the Board. In 2005 Ahtisaari and CMI facilitated the peace process between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement. Between 14 November 2005 and 29 February 2008 Ahtisaari was Special Envoy to the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the future status process for Kosovo. Martti Ahtisaari was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008.

Professional history

Martti Ahtisaari was for much of his career a civil servant
in the Finnish Foreign Ministry and the United Nations

Various posts in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, 1965-1973

Ambassador of Finland to the United Republic of Tanzania, 1973-1976,
accredited to Zambia, Somalia and Mozambique, 1975- 1976

Member of the Senate of the UN Institute for Namibia, 1975-1976
United Nations Commissioner for Namibia, 1977-1981
Special Representative of the Secretary General for Namibia, 1978-1988

Undersecretary of State in charge of International Development
Co-operation in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, 1984-1986

Undersecretary-General the UN for Administration and Management 1987-1991,
leading the UN operation (UNTAG) in Namibia, 1989-1990

State Secretary in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, 1991-1993

Chairman of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Working Group
of the International Conference on the former Yugoslavia, 1992-1993,
and Special Adviser to the International Conference on the former Yugoslavia
and to the Secretary General’s Special Representative for former Yugoslavia in 1993

President of the Republic of Finland, 1994-2000

In 1999, during his remaining time as President of Finland Mr. Ahtisaari,
former Prime-Minister of Russia Victor Chernomyrdin, and US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott facilitated together the withdrawal of the Yugoslav/Serbian military and security forces from Kosovo and the establishment there of an international security and civil presence.

Post presidential tasks

Upon completion of his one term in office as President of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari founded the Crisis Management Initiative, an NGO dedicated to conflict resolution, crisis management and peace mediation. These have been Mr. Ahtisaari’s major priorities since 2000.

Co-drafting of a report on the human rights and political situation in Austria in 2000

Inspector of the IRA’s arms dumps with fellow inspector Cyril Ramaphosa, 2000

Chair of the independent panel on the security and safety of UN personnel in Iraq, 2003

Personal Envoy of the OSCE CiO for Central Asia, 2003-2004

UN Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, 2003-2005

Facilitator in the peace process between the Government of Indonesia and
the Free Aceh Movement
in 2005. The process led to the signing of a Memorandum
of Understanding, thereby ending three decades of conflict in Aceh.

Special Envoy to the Secretary-General of the United Nations
for the future status process for Kosovo, 2005-2008

Chairman of the Board, International Crisis Group

Co-Chair of the Board, the East-West Institute

Co-Chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations

Current tasks

Chairman of the Board, Crisis Management Initiative

Chairman of the Independent Commission on Turkey, charged with examining the challenges and opportunities presented by Turkey’s possible membership of the European Union

Member of The Elders

Member of the Prize Committee of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Member of the Board of Trustees of Silatech

Education

Mr. Ahtisaari graduated from the University of Oulu in 1959 and received an Honorary Doctorate (Pedagogy) from the University in 1989. He holds many Honorary Doctorates from a variety of fields and countries.

Awards

President Ahtisaari has received numerous awards and decorations:

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award, 2000
The Hessen Peace Prize, 2000
The J. William Fulbright Award for International Understanding, 2000
Honorary Officer in the Order of Australia, 2002
Order of the Companions of Oliver Tambo (Supreme Companion) of South Africa, 2004
Tribute of Appreciation by the Department of the State of the USA, 2005
The Gold Medal from the American-Scandinavian Foundation, 2006
Manfred Wörner Medal of the German Ministry of Defense, 2007
UNESCO Félix Houphöuet-Boigny Peace Prize, 2008
Nobel Peace Prize, 2008
Honorary Citizen of Namibia

Download as PDF

Biography
CV
Press photos

PRESS PHOTOS

Press photos of President Martti Ahtisaari (2015).

These photos are free for media to use in conjunction with news stories related to CMI or the Chairman of the Board President Martti Ahtisaari. If used, CMI and the name of the photographer must be credited. Captions and credits are to be embedded in the photos’ IPTC. Please inform CMI in advance where the photo is to be used. For any questions about the photos or inquiries for additional photos please contact comms(a)cmi.fi

Press Picture 1
Photo: Tuukka Koski
Download
Press Picture 5
Photo: Tomas Whitehouse
Download
Press Picture 6
Photo: Tomas Whitehouse
Download

Nobel Peace Prize 2008

Press Picture 7
Photo: Hannu Lindroos
Download
nobel-peace-prize
contact