International Colloquium “Dialogues between Enemies” | Videos

“Dialogues between Enemies”

Conditions of and Obstacles to the Resolution of Armed Conflicts in the World


Making peace without the enemy is like making war without the enemy: it does not exist.

Crises, but also disagreements and conflicts when they are not handled democratically, in a way that takes the form of debates and negotiations between actors, produce, among other consequences, political and geopolitical violence. This is a major problem, which concerns many states in the world as well as the international community.

Today, can one still engage in dialogue with one’s enemy in order to resolve a conflict? Is it still possible to make peace?

In the past, the Western and Soviet blocs could talk to each other, negotiate and find geo- strategic compromises, and contain the cycle of violence. But today, can we still resolve, pre- vent, reduce and mitigate political and geopolitical violence?

Getting around the table with one’s enemy seems more difficult than ever.

Such issues can only exceptionally mobilize directly, without mediation, the actors involved in the war or armed struggle.

To succeed in bringing them together around a table to go towards dialogue and transitional justice and to abandon the path of weapons is a considerable challenge that requires some- times colossal efforts.

It does require singular people, or even institutions, that are both neutral and committed to peace, capable of establishing trust, first with the actors concerned, but also between them.

It requires the ability to mobilize all kinds of resources, networks, friendships, political con- tacts at the highest level, and to guarantee the security of negotiators within the peace pro- cess.

It requires skills, culture and intelligence to enter into complex issues whose historical depth may resist analysis. It requires actors from all sides of the conflict.

For all these reasons, the lessons of past and current peace negotiations are a rich resource and a valuable advantage for better resolving the conflicts of today and tomorrow.

These first “peace workshops” will be devoted to two main issues:

1/ In the light of the cross-experience of different resolved or ongoing conflicts, with their mistakes and successes, how are the preliminaries, then the debates and negotiations in such processes organized to have any chance of success? What lessons can be learned from past experiences, with their mistakes and successes?

2/ Who are the indispensable mediators, their supporters, their allies, their adversaries as well? What status and what protection should negotiators be guaranteed?

To reflect on these questions, the “peace workshops” will mobilize various figures in media- tion and negotiation, actors, as well as international researchers and experts.


Tuesday 25th May 2021

Opening | 09:45-10:15

Sébastien Nadot – Member of the French National Assembly, member of the Foreign Affairs Commission.

Michel Wieviorka – Sociologist, co-director of Violence: An International Journal.

Thomas Lacoste – Filmmaker, founder of the international network La Bande Passante.


Introduction | 10:15-10:30

Pierre Haski – Journalist, geopolitical specialist, President of Reporters Without Borders.


Round Table n°1 Israel-Palestine | 10:30-12:00

Focus of the discussion:

  • What analyses can be drawn from the series of failed negotiations?
  • What options are there for breaking the deadlock in this conflict today?


Sébastien Nadot – Member of the French National Assembly, member of the Foreign Affairs Commission.


Dr. Hanan Ashrawi – Member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Avraham Burg – Former president of the Knesset.

Charles Enderlin – Journalist.

Hagit Ofran – Director of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch team.


Round Table n°2 Basque Country |14:00-16:00

Focus of the discussion:

  • The resolution of the conflict and the protection of the negotiators.
  • A historic process due to its unilaterality and the need, today, for the involvement of both the French and Spanish states in the negotiation about the consequences of the conflict.


Frédérique Espagnac – Member of the French Senate, involved in the Basque conflict resolution process.


Brian Currin – Lawyer, expert in conflict resolution, founder of the National Directorate of Lawyers for Hu- man Rights, founding member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, co-president of Northern Ireland’s Commission for the Review of Sentences, founder of the International Contact Group for the Basque Country.

Véronique Dudouet – Research director and expert in conflict resolution at the Berghof Foundation (Germany), former fellow of the US Institute of Peace, accompanied and advised civil society in the reso- lution of the Basque conflict.

Caroline Guibet Lafaye – Philosopher and sociologist, research director at the French National Centre for Scientific Re- search, member of the Emile Durkheim Center where she leads the European research pro- gramme on Political engagement and extra-parliamentary actions, expert on the Basque conflict.

Josu Urrutikoetxea – Historic activist of ETA, former member of the Basque autonomous community’s parliament, key actor of Basque Country’s peace negotiations.

Judyta Wasowska – Regional Director for Latin America at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), based in Geneva, she has followed for HD Centre the whole process of exit from the conflict in the Basque Country, former personal assistant to the Executive Director of the HD Centre and, before that, senior secretary to the UNHCR Regional Representative in Caracas and the assistant high commissioner headquarters in Geneva.


Round Table n°3 Colombia | 16:30-18:30

Focus of the discussion:

  • How to move, through negotiation, from an armed actor to a strictly political actor?
  • How can a peace agreement be guaranteed in the event of a political change in the head of state?


Jean-Michel Clément – Member of the French National Assembly, member of the Foreign Affairs Commission, law- yer.


Sergio Jaramillo Caro – Philosopher, diplomat, Government of Colombia’s High Commissioner for Peace (2012- 2016), former Vice-minister of Defence, former executive director of the Foundation Ideas for the Peace, senior advisor at the European Institute of Peace.

Yvon Le Bot – Sociologist, director emeritus at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, former UN consultant for peacekeeping operations and human rights safeguarding programmes in Latin America, head of the programme “Exiting Violence” of the French National Research Agency and the Foundation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme.

Tanja Nijmeijer – Former negotiator in the Havana peace process (2012-2016), and FARC ex-combatant.

Eduardo Pizarro – Professor at National University of Colombia; he served as Presiding Member of the National Commission for Reparation and Reconciliation of Colombia; member of the Board of Direc- tors of the Trust Fund for Victims of the International Criminal Court.

Maria Emma Wills – Adjunct Professor at the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota), former advisor to the Director of the Colombian National Center for Historical Memory, involved in the peace process in Colombia, former Chair of the Political Science Department at Universidad de los Andes.

Versión en español (mesa redonda sobre Colombia)

Wednesday 26 May 2021

Round Table n°4 Democratic Republic of Congo | 10:00-11:30

Focus of the discussion:

  • The democratic necessity.
  • Geopolitics of Transitional Justice in Central and West Africa.


Frédérique Dumas – Member of the French National Assembly, member of the Foreign Affairs Commission.


Pr. Luc Henkinbrant – Former United Nations official, initiator of the Mapping Report, expert in transitional justice.

Roger K. Koudé – Holder of the UNESCO Chair “Memories, Cultures and Interculturality”, professor of interna- tional law at the Human Rights Institute of Lyon, Catholic University of Lyon.

Denis Mukwege – Doctor, director of the Hospital of Panzi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2018.


Round Table n°5 Northern Ireland | 14:30-16:00

Focus of the discussion:

  • A peace process driven by a well understood bilateralism.
  • The contribution of the international community: USA, South Africa and European Union.
  • Resistance of the peace process to the tensions generated by the Brexit.


Paul Molac – Member of the French National Assembly, member of the Laws Commission, president of the France-Ireland Parliamentary Friendship Group.


Gerry Adams – Historic leader of Sinn Féin, honorary member of the British Parliament and the Northern Ireland’s Assembly, former political prisoner, negotiator and signatory of the Good Friday Peace Agreement.

Harold Good – Reverend in Northern Ireland, president of the Methodist Church of Ireland, played a key role in Northern Ireland’s peace and supervised IRA’s and ETA’s disarmament, World Meth- odist Peace Award laureate.

Monica McWilliams – Academic researcher, expert in transitional justice, cofounder of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition political party, signatory of the peace negotiations of the Good Friday Peace Agreement, former member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (2005-2011), and current member of the In- ternational Reporting Commission for the disbandment of paramilitary groups.

Jonathan Powell – British diplomat, Prime minister Tony Blair’s chief of staff, British government’s chief negoti- ator in Northern Ireland (1997-2007), president and CEO of the NGO Inter Mediate.


Concluding Round Table | 16:30-18:30

Focus of the discussion:

  • What lessons can be drawn from these experiences, with their mistakes and successes?
  • Who are the indispensable mediators, their supporters, their allies and their adversaries?
  • What status and protection should negotiators be guaranteed?


Sébastien Nadot – Member of the French National Assembly, member of the Foreign Affairs Commission.

Michel Wieviorka – Sociologist, co-director of Violence: An International Journal.


Monique Chemillier-Gendreau – Professor emeritus of public law and political science at the University Paris-Diderot, expert in international law, with an important practice with international courts and pleading, espe- cially before the International Court of Justice of the United Nations, Rationalist Union Prize laureate.

Jonathan Cohen – Executive director of the peacebuilding NGO Conciliation Resources (UK), former deputy di- rector of the Foundation on Inter-Ethnic Relations (The Hague), Chair of the Steering Com- mittee of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office.

Michael Keating – Executive director of the European Institute of Peace (Brussels), former UN General Secre- tary’s special representative and head of the assistance mission in Somalia, former associate director at Chatham House, former executive director of the Africa Progress Panel.

Philippe Texier – Magistrate, Honorary Advisor to the Court of Cassation, President of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, member of the International Commission of Jurists and of the Sponsoring Commit- tee of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, member and Honorary Chairman of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Director of the Human Rights Division of the UN mission in El Salvador, former Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights for Haiti, involved in the peace process in the Basque Country, Knight of the Legion of Honour.

Liv Tørres – Director of Pathfinders for Peaceful programme, Just and Inclusive Societies at the New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, she was executive director of the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo (Norway) and general secretary of the humanitarian NGO Norwegian People’s Aid.

Teresa Whitfield – Director of the Policy and Mediation Division at the Department of Political and Peacebuild- ing Affairs of the United Nations, she was visiting researcher at the New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum of the Social Science Research Council, principal advisor of the Centre for Humanitarian Dia- logue based in Geneva, principal advisor of the president of the International Crisis Group, and also specialist in the Basque Country and Salvador conflicts.

William Zartman – Political scientist, professor emeritus at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins University), holder of the Jacob Blaustein Chair in International Or- ganizations and Conflict Resolution.

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