APRC upholds a non-intervention principle and operates only upon the request of parties to a conflict, be they governments or local communities. Quiet diplomacy is the modality. Negotiation and coordination will be done in confidentiality. Experts can be deployed to dialogue with all parties to the conflict and the “good office” of individual Council Members can be provided to encourage and assist parties concerned toward conflict resolution and transformation. The APRC may also decide to engage in any conflict resolution process provided all parties involved grant their consent.
APRC is unique due to its three characteristics.
First, it consists of respected Council Members who can offer a wealth of knowledge, experience, and understanding of bureaucratic, social and political structures and realities, interstate relations, the administration of government and international relations and conflict resolution as well as first-hand knowledge of political decision-making processes. The Council Members join APRC as Global Citizens. They do not represent any particular country, government or political party. From their vast experience, APRC Council Members have a deep understanding of the sensitivities and complexities of conflict situations. The Council Members, with their diverse background and impartiality, will be able to offer a comfort level to parties of a conflict situation.
The second unique characteristic is that APRC is an organization that is international, independent and non-governmental which will have unparalleled access to all levels of decision-makers involved in conflict situations.
Third, each Council Member brings vast experience and extensive networks of contacts which when pooled together can create greater synergies and value-added. Acting collectively, the APRC can thus more effectively assist in conflict avoidance, peace dialogues, and reconciliation processes. Their good offices can assist governments, organizations and societies in Asia to reduce tensions and to reach a peaceful resolution of conflicts.
Provide experienced and expert resource for countries to draw upon in supporting peace and reconciliation.
Deploy individuals to provide “good offices” for governments and communities in conflict.
Generate analysis and provide policy recommendation on peacebuilding and reconciliation to governments and regional institutions through research.