Jamie Pring

The role of African mediators in promoting inclusivity in international peace mediation

The dissertation is part of the 2015-2018 SNF research project, “Are Mediators Norm Entrepreneurs? The role of norms in international peace mediation” that examines the agency of international peace mediators in promoting the norm of inclusivity in peace processes. The dissertation in particular examines mediators mandated by African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in two case studies using the norm localization framework to explain the norm diffusion process. The dissertation analyzes (1) whether and how inclusivity was diffused in mediation processes, (2) the role of mediators, if any, in norm diffusion with a focus on the opportunities and constraints on their role, and (3) the extent of the applicability of the concept of norm localization in explaining norm diffusion or non-diffusion in mediation. The dissertation aims to contribute to a greater understanding on the role of the mediator and the conceptual development of norm localization.

Supervisor: Laurent Goetschel

Co-Supervisor: to be determined



Jamie Pring is a PhD fellow at the swisspeace Mediation program examining the role of norms in international peace mediation. Prior to her PhD and joining swisspeace, Jamie was a Junior Programme Officer for the Director of Operations at the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), an intern at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), and a research assistant at the Centre for Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute. She also served as a Defense Research Officer at the Department of National Defense in the Philippines. She obtained her Master’s degree in International Affairs with a focus on Conflict and Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines.