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Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is an independent, non-governmental organisation responding to challenges in sustainable security. CMI has offices in Helsinkimarker and Brusselsmarker and activities in Liberia, Ethiopia, the Black Sea region and Aceh. It was founded by Martti Ahtisaari, the former President of Finland, in 2000. In 2005, it achieved reputation for the peace agreement between The Government of Indonesiamarker and the Free Aceh Movement. Martti Ahtisaari won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008.


The thematic programs of CMI are divided into four main clusters which are:
  • Peace Mediation & Dialogue
Strengthens society- and peace-building in local communities and regions by seeking to influence and change attitudes of conflict parties.
  • Foresight for Peace & Security
Contributes to overall conflict prevention and resolution through the development of ground-breaking modeling and probability-based analysis which aim to identify future threats and challenges to security, and the development of early warning to mitigate and pre-empt these.
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management
Aims to improve the efficiency and communication of the various actors involved in crisis management operations, both military and civilian.
  • Post War State-building
Identifies regional approaches to state-building and promotes best practices for post-war state-building, as well as the development of “tool-kits” for the re-building of administrative governance (such as civil registration).

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2008

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded President Ahtisaari the Nobel Peace Prize for 2008 “for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts”. The Nobel Committee also highlighted the role of CMI as having provided the necessary support for President Ahtisaari’s many important international assignments for instance in Iraq, the Horn of Africa, Northern Ireland, Central Asia and Aceh, Indonesia.

CMI Highlights

  • Supported President Ahtisaari in facilitating negotiations between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). The negotiations lead to the signing of a peace agreement (2005).
  • Co-arranged a meeting of various political Iraqi leaders in Finland that led to the signing of the Helsinki II Agreement, outlining 17 principles defining the framework for reconciliation in Iraq (2007 and 2008).
  • Supported international decision-making through an in-depth conflict analysis of the Burma/Myanmar situation (2008).
  • Supported the re-establishment and functioning of a network of women’s organizations in Aceh in order to enhance women's participation in post-conflict peace building processes (2008-).
  • Launched, together with the Government of Liberia, the design process of a mobile technology based system for the creation of a civil register in Liberia, which will make the first tool within the Governance out of a Box “toolkit” for state building. This “toolkit” is aimed at being transferrable to other areas of post-conflict reconstruction (2008-).
  • Transferred skills of conflict resolution and engagement in dialogue to civil society organizations in several countries in the Black Sea region, and creating the first civil society expert councils advising the respective governments of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova (2008-).
  • Worked with the African Union and other African and international organizations to build regional capacities for mediation (2009-).
  • Supported the European Union in developing its mediation policy and capacity to engage in international peace mediation and cooperation (2007).


CMI is a non-governmental organization independent of governments, multilateral institutions or their networks. CMI is governed by a Board of Directors and an International Advisory Board combining expertise in the public and private sectors, multilateral institutions, as well as field practice in international regions in crisis. CMI's Executive Director is Tuija Talvitie (as of 1.11.2009).

  • Board of Directors
President Martti Ahtisaari, Chairman of the BoardHeidi Hautala, Member of the Finnish Parliament, (former Member of the European Parliament)Pekka Korpinen, Executive Director, World Bank (ret.)Martti Koskenniemi, Professor, Cambridge University (International Law)Gunvor Kronman, CEO, Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre (Board Member and former executive of several international development aid and humanitarian organizations)Tuija Talvitie, Director, British Council FinlandAnni Vepsäläinen, Managing Director, Diacor Ltd. (former Finnish CEO of telecommunications company, TeliaSonera Ltd.)Johnny Åkerholm, President and CEO, Nordic Investment Bank (former Secretary General of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 2003-2005)

  • International Advisory Board
President Martti Ahtisaari, Chairman of the BoardAlyson Bailes, Visiting Professor, University of IcelandVasu Gounden, Executive Director, ACCORDPriscilla Hayner, Director, International Center for Transitional JusticeStephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers FundJuan Rada, Senior Vice President, Oracle CorporationAnnika Söder, Assistant Director-General, FAORamesh Thakur, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for International Governance InnovationPertti Torstila, Secretary of State, Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

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