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The Mediation Practice Series (MPS) was initiated in 2008 aspart o the HD Centre’s eorts to support the broader mediationcommunity. This series draws on eedback rom mediators whotell us they and their teams oten rely upon networks and ad hocmeasures to assemble resources to support increasingly com-plex processes. They work on the basis o their own experiencebut lack insight into other peace processes. Their sta, both inthe feld and at their headquarters, also fnd themselves withoutadequate reerence material, which hampers the improvement o mediation practice.Based on the shared view that mediators oten conront similardilemmas although mediation diers widely across peaceprocesses, the HD Centre has decided to produce a series o decision-making tools that draw upon the comparative experi-ence o track one mediation processes.Each publication in the series will give readers a concise anduser-riendly overview o relevant issues, key dilemmas andchallenges that mediators may ace. They will also provideexamples o how these dilemmas were addressed in the past,with a view to helping others prepare or the potential demandso ongoing and upcoming mediation processes.