Kristin Lund and Laura Mitchell

Kristin Lund is former Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus and a member of the Nordic Women Mediators network. In October 2017, after this article was written, she was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as Head of Mission and Chief of Staff, United Nations Truce Supervision Organization. Laura Mitchell is Senior Adviser at the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution (NOREF).

Women play a variety of roles in complex, multitrack peace processes. They can sit at the formal negotiating table, on a technical committee or subcommission, or they can be outside the talks engaged as civil society actors in following developments. All of these roles are critical.