CMI and Finnish peace work abroad
Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is an organisation based in Finland and involved in conflict resolution. It uses negotiation and dialogue to prevent and resolve violent conflicts. Nobel peace laureate Martti Ahtisaari founded the organisation in 2000, after stepping down as President of Finland. Today, CMI is one of the leading operators in its field.
The objective of CMI is to build lasting peace together with any party involved in a conflict. The cornerstones of CMI activities are expertise and independence. Internationally, it is known as a reliable actor whose work is not tied to interests within great power politics.
The average cost of one round of peace negotiations mediated by CMI is 40,000 euros – the cost of warfare is 4 billion euros a day.
Peace negotiations have been found to be among the most effective ways of resolving conflicts. Most conflicts can be resolved through negotiations or political processes, while only a small portion are ended by going to war. Relatively small investments can achieve significant results and avoid war.
Finland has a long history of violent conflicts – and how to survive them. Finns have participated in peace work around the world and we are famous for it. CMI is an important link in this chain: it is our chance as Finns to support the promotion of mutual understanding and cooperation in societies torn by violent conflicts.
“Peace is a question of will. All conflicts can be settled, and there are no excuses for allowing them to become eternal.”
– President Martti Ahtisaari, Founder, CMI