"Conversations with Ahtisaari is a small tribute to a great mediator, Martti Ahtisaari, and his steadfast commitment to peace throughout the world. From Namibia to Kosovo, the 2008 Nobel Peace Laureate and former president of Finland has played an indispensible role in nurturing peaceful resolutions to many of our era’s most complex crises. Mediation remains among the most powerful and effective tools for resolving conflict. Fostering environments for dialogue and cooperation between disputing parties is paramount in reaching negotiated and peaceful settlements. In this booklet, President Ahtisaari’s personal reflections on mediation are captured and complemented with relevant theoretical knowledge and anecdotal evidence from across the world. What emerges is a succinct collection of lessons aimed at providing support to all those engaged in mediation processes throughout the world."