2018 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development 

Within the context of project ‘EU Support to Jordanian Democratic Institutions & Development, EU-JDID’, HE Dr. Khaled Kalaldeh, Chairman of the Independent Election Commission of Jordan (IEC), Mr. Pinto-Teixeira, ECES Vice President/EU-JDID Programme Coordinator and Aous Qutaishat, Senior EU-JDID Project Advisor and Chief Technical Advisor of the IEC Chairman participated in the 2018 Stockholm Peace and Development Forum from 7 to 9 of May 2018.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) organised and hosted the fifth annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development, with a focus on 'The Politics of Peace’.  It aimed to assess how different policies, processes and tools could be used to overcome political obstacles to build and sustain peace in complex environments. The Forum enabled interdisciplinary exchange among thought leaders from the policy, academic and practitioner communities with an aim to influence key policy and research agendas.

The 3-day forum included over 350 high-level policymakers, researchers and practitioners from 80 countries, UN agencies, and international organisations and not for profit foundations.


ECES took the lead on one of the debate panels on ‘Mediation Effectiveness in preventing election-related violence’. The session was moderated by Mr. Fabio Bargiacchi, ECES Executive Director with the presence of HE Dr. Khaled Kalaldeh, Mr. Pinto-Teixeira, Mr. Aous Qutaishat and head of electoral management bodies from South Africa, Senegal and other partner institutions such as Folke Bernadotte Academy and the European Institute for Peace.

The session aimed to illustrate the utility of using electoral economy analysis as a tool to understand whether or not mediation can be effective in preventing conflict in a given electoral content. The panel focused on electoral processes that are marred by fraud or perceived irregularities, and the unresolved political grievances they engender, which often contribute to conflict in fragile environments. In this context, panelists discussed about how and under which circumstances mediation can prevent or manage election-related conflict.


Click here to read more about the session led by ECES.