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Jonathan Cohen, Executive Director of Conciliation Resources on Peacebuilding

Conciliation Resources' Executive Director, Jonathan Cohen, provides a candid look at the world of peacebuilding. We explore the ways peacebuilding happens, the investments required, and the different types of organisations that are involved -- from analysis, to on-the-ground mediation, diplomacy and more.


Conciliation Resources works with people impacted by war and violence, bringing diverse voices together to make change that lasts. They connect the views of people on the ground with political processes, and share experience and expertise so others can find creative responses to conflict.


About Jonathan Cohen


Jonathan Cohen became Executive Director of Conciliation Resources in 2016. Working at Conciliation Resources over the past 26 years Jonathan has supported dialogue, mediation and peacebuilding initiatives in contexts including the South Caucasus, Kashmir, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Southern Thailand, Colombia, the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.


Previously he served as Deputy Director of the Foundation on Inter-Ethnic Relations in The Hague working under the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. In 2018 Jonathan became Chair of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), a network of 50 peacebuilding organisations.


Jonathan is an Associate of the Institute for the Public Understanding of War and Conflict at the Imperial War Museum, a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London and a Board member of the Peace Dividends Initiative.


In 2007 he was awarded an OBE by the British Government for services to conflict prevention and conflict resolution in the Caucasus.



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