The Oxford Process

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there." 

- Rumi

The Oxford Process is built on a track record of facilitating a unique type of discreet high-level dialogue between the parties to some of the world’s most intractable conflicts. It uses the tools of geo-political insight, analysis, cultural savvy and human psychology to understand and manage the human relationships that underpin conflict.

Our mission is to understand the perspectives of all parties to conflicts and to help them to develop a basis for managing radical disagreements without recourse to violence. Unencumbered by the restrictions that constrain government officials and larger institutions, we’re able to act as pathfinders in preparation for more formal conflict resolution. 

The Oxford Process has always enjoyed a reputation as a neutral, trustworthy third party. Free from the weight of political interests, bureaucracy or policy positions, it is not constrained as governments and multilateral institutions are. At the same time, the Oxford Process has excellent contacts with governments and the UN and other international organisations and is careful to ensure that its efforts complement those of other constructive actors. 

The Oxford Process works in three ways to support processes to prevent, end or ameliorate violent conflict.

  • Catalyse discussions by bringing together parties from different sides of a conflict who otherwise could not or in any case would not speak;  
  • Support this process with experts in group dynamics, mediation, and specialised subjects pertinent to the particular conflict; 
  • Amplify progress achieved by the leaders involved in discussions so that commitments made are embraced and enacted by the groups they represent. 

Three features distinguish The Oxford Process from other conflict resolution organisations: 

  • our willingness to talk – discreetly – with anyone who might help to prevent violence; 
  • our focus on understanding conflict actors’ perceptions, hopes and fears, as well as their – subjectively perceived – interests; and 
  • the resources we bring to this work – some of the world’s most experienced practitioners, from the areas experiencing conflict and around the world, and a private retreat in the English countryside.