Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative
What Makes or Breaks National Dialogues?
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Report - IPTI 
Thania Paffenholz, Anne Zachariassen, and Cindy Helfer

National Dialogues, which have served as a means to ease political transitions in diverse contexts—ranging from Benin and Yemen to Afghanistan and South Africa—are hardly a new phenomenon. Yet, the international mediation and peacebuilding community is still struggling to fully comprehend the functioning, relevance, and effectiveness of these important forums for managing political transitions and building sustainable peace.

The objective of this report is to contribute to a better understanding of the common features and characteristics of National Dialogues. It further explores the various political and procedural factors as well as conditions that have enabled or constrained such initiatives to reach agreements and sustain their implementation in the long term.