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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 in its field.
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PROGRAMME

Mediation and dialogue are now recognised as the most effective ways of preventing and resolving violent conflicts. They are the core of CMI’s expertise. Our new programme for the 2018 – 2021 period aims to consolidate our position as a leading independent organisation in the field of conflict resolution.

Conflicts cannot be resolved through violence. A wide range of nonviolent means is available to fragile nations for supporting their transition from armed conflict to peaceful political processes. In this setting mediation and dialogue has been recognised as one of the most effective forms of preventing and resolving violent conflict. These areas form the core expertise of CMI, an independent conflict resolution organisation that helps conflicting parties settle their differences constructively.

The work of independent actors is needed now more than ever, as the number of violent conflicts in the world is on the rise, and these conflicts are becoming increasingly complex. Independent actors such as CMI have a crucial role in supporting and supplementing the conflict resolution efforts of official institutions and governments. Our independent status gives us space to act where official actors cannot. We can flexibly move between the various formal and informal processes and actors, bridging gaps where they exist and adding to the overall effectiveness of peace efforts. Our regional expertise, professional methods and relationships have developed over many years, drawing on the legacy of Nobel Peace laureate Martti Ahtisaari, enabling us to do this work effectively and flexibly.

Our new programme for the 2018 – 2021 period aims to consolidate our position as a leading independent organisation in the field of conflict resolution, building on our track record and distinctive strengths. To better prevent and resolve violent conflicts, we place greater emphasis on strengthening women’s roles in peacemaking. CMI’s work in this field has gained widespread recognition. A new focus area on policy and learning aims to ensure that lessons learned from the new and previous programme strengthen the international practice of peace-making. Another aim of this focus area is to ensure that the experience and expertise accumulated by Martti Ahtisaari over the course of his long career feed continue to be put to use for the good of the international community. The overall programme is focused on making meaningful contributions to peace processes in three regions – the Middle East and North Africa, Eurasia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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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.

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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.

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SUPPORT TO NATIONAL ACTORS

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.

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WOMEN IN PEACEMAKING

Women and their views continue to be systematically underrepresented in peace processes. With its expertise in inclusive mediation and dialogue, CMI works to transform the international commitments into real gains in conflict-affected countries.

Peace processes offer decisive moments when political systems and practices are reconfigured. The inclusion of women and their interests in peacemaking is essential from the standpoint of equal rights, and for the quality of any peace process in the short and long term. Women play a key role in introducing a wider variety of viewpoints and narratives of the conflict to expand the scope of sustainable solutions. Without women, a substantial part of society may reject an agreement and refuse to participate in its implementation. Women’s inclusion at these critical junctures can thus pave the way for democratisation and more just, equitable societies in the longer term.

Increasing women’s meaningful participation in the prevention and resolution of violent conflict has become one of the top priorities for the international community over the past two decades. Nonetheless, women and their views continue to be systemically underrepresented in peace processes.

CMI’s value added in advancing women’s role in peacemaking stems from its integration into the core of our work, enabling us to take actions that feed directly into ongoing conflict resolution processes. Our emphasis comes from a nuanced understanding of women as political actors with diverse roles in peace and conflict, and a recognition of the importance of engaging men. Rather than relying on global prescriptions, we base our work on gender-sensitive conflict analysis and strive towards politically nuanced, context-specific and locally-driven solutions. CMI’s work is rooted in our technical knowledge of multiple inclusion mechanisms, contextual expertise, and access and trusted relations with national actors and relevant power-holders.

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POLICY AND LEARNING

There is a need for more established and commonly agreed practices and principles in peacemaking. Through its policy and learning focus, CMI contributes to developing the field of peace mediation to better meet the challenges of complex conflicts.

Through its policy and learning focus, CMI contributes to the development of the field of peace mediation in the international community to better meet the challenges of complex conflicts. This approach is rooted in the cumulative lessons learned from CMI’s experiences in various contexts and themes; in the expertise and experience of President Ahtisaari as a leading global mediator; in CMI’s partnerships in the international peacemaking community; and in convening platforms and dialogue with peer organisations, governments, think tanks and international and regional organisations. A critical element of the policy and learning focus area is strengthening methodological innovation. The focus area is a platform for developing further the seeds of innovation that have been identified in practical problem-solving work in other focus areas.

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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.

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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. 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. 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.

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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). 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 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

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

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