Video | Event series: National Dialogues at crossroads

National Dialogues x Digitalisation

Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sept 24, 2021: Hands with a cellphone taking pictures of protesters during the Global Climate Strike. Concept: the role of technology and social networks in protests. Opportunities and risks of using digital technologies in support of National Dialogues. © Shutterstock.com | Carolina Jaramillo

Watch the launch event of our paper “National Dialogues x Digitalisation” to learn about opportunities and risks of using digital technologies in National Dialogues.


In our event to launch the paper on “National Dialogues x Digitalisation” we explored how digitalisation shapes National Dialogues and to what extent National Dialogues may contribute to shaping digitalisation. National Dialogues are nationally-owned political processes aimed at generating consensus among a broad range of national stakeholders in times of deep political crisis, in post-war situations or during far-reaching political transitions. During the event, experts and practitioners discussed both the opportunities and risks of using digital technologies in preparing and conducting National Dialogues. Recognising that digital technologies cannot be understood solely as providing specific solutions or creating certain problems, we further reflected during the event how the implications of digitalisation on present and future conflicts could be discussed during National Dialogues.

Over the last two decades, National Dialogues have been increasingly recognised as a comprehensive tool for preventing violent conflicts and reaching inclusive political settlements. However, questions remain open on how to best integrate certain topics in the design of National Dialogues and how to meaningfully include specific societal groups. The series “National Dialogues at crossroads” aims at addressing this gap. It compiles lessons learned and recommendations on three cross-cutting issues: climate change, digitalisation, and protest movements.

Event series: National Dialogues at crossroads

National Dialogues x Digitalisation

22 November 2023
14:30 - 15:30 CET
(ics, ical)

Online event via Zoom.

This event was held in English.


  • Dr. Andreas Hirblinger, Senior Researcher, Geneva Graduate Institute's Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding
  • Mr. Ahmed Eleiba, Senior Program Officer, swisspeace
  • Ms. Zahra' Langhi, Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen (OSESGY)

Moderated by Dr. Véronique Dudouet, Senior Advisor, Berghof Foundation.


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