The mission of Diplomacy Dialogue is to facilitate contacts and exchanges amongst state and non-state actors, i.e., diplomatic actors representing countries (Ministry of Foreign Affairs or other ministries), enterprises (public or private sector), and civil society organisations. Policy dialogues are convened to address subjects concerning global governance, poverty reduction & equitable development and resolution of war and conflicts, may they be commercial, economic, communal or political. The aim is through constructive dialogue amongst stakeholders and collaborative confidence building measures to attain conflict resolution and sustainable development
Raymond Saner is co-founder of CSEND and the director of CSEND’s Diplomacy Dialogue branch. He is Titular Professor in Organisation and International Management (University of Basle) and Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, Paris (Master in Public Affairs). He has pioneered the field of business diplomacy and contributes to the study of multi-stakeholder diplomacy within the field of diplomacy.
His research and consulting focuses on conflict studies and international negotiations at bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral levels in the field of armed conflict (ICRC), trade (WTO), employment and poverty reduction (ILO, PRSP), and Human and Social Capital development in the educational sector (GATS/ES/WTO and OECD).
His recent research focuses on the use of Private Military and Security Companies by Governments, International Organisations and Multinational Enterprises see: Raymond Saner (2015); “Private Military and Security Companies: Industry-Led Self-Regulatory Initiatives versus State-Led Containment Strategy.” The publication explains how recent self-regulatory guidelines have been created by private military and security companies (PMSCs) in order to deter calls for stricter regulations of the industry. This “battle of influence” over the regulation of the use of force, leads to rising tensions between stakeholders who form coalitions consisting of states, PMSCs, and civil society actors on either side of the regulation cleavage. The paper calls for new measures that continue to build on IHL and the Geneva Conventions, but that go beyond the current regulatory positions of existing international initiatives.
Lichia Yiu is co-founder of CSEND. She is born in Taipei, Swiss citizen, and holds a doctorate in psychology from Indiana University.
Dr. Yiu has over 20 years of experience as an advisor to governments and international organisations on organisational development and reform of public administration. She directed bilateral Swiss projects in China and Slovenia to support the public administrative reform and currently advised governments on the question of quality of education and human capital investment.