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Conflict resolution [PTP.2013.25E]

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Web Based
4 Sep 2013 to 15 Oct 2013
Duration of event:
5 Weeks
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A limited number of fellowships are available for candidates from Least Developed Countries (as per the UN-OHRLLS list).
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Conflict resolution is the set of methods and approaches used to facilitate the peaceful de-escalation and termination of a conflict. Defined broadly, it may include democratisation or even development. Indeed, political participation through democratic processes may be a method to avoid conflict in the first place or at least to ensure the fair treatment of the causes of the conflict. Alternatively, conflict resolution can be defined more narrowly to refer solely to those efforts undertaken to resolve conflicts  directly  through communication (negotiation, mediation, peace conference, diplomacy, etc.).
The course explores traditional and alternative techniques in conflict resolution with a narrow focus on activities which directly aim at resolving international conflicts through communication. The course explores existing conflict and conflict resolution theories, methods and practices relevant for the resolution of conflicts in which United Nations peace operations are deployed. 
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Relate different options for conflict resolution to a specific conflict;
  • Examine the use of the main diplomatic tracks in a specific conflict;
  • Propose mediation or negotiation startegy to a specific conflict;
  • Recommend on the involvement of international and regional orgnaizations in conflict resolution intiiatives.

The course takes place over 5 weeks with an average of 8 hours workload per week.

The course is composed of five modules that will be covered over six weeks:
  • Module 1: Introduction to conflict resolution
  • Module 2: Diplomatic tracks in conflict resolution
  • Module 3: Methods in conflict resolution
  • Module 4: The United Nations and regional actors in conflict resolution

In this e-learning course, in each module, the interactive learning components introduce the key points and provide background information. Activities such as research, reflection and case studies allow participants to apply the knowledge acquired through the lessons. Discussions are organized for participants in order to facilitate collective knowledge construction and sharing of experiences.

Facilitators guide participants through this process, delivering and conveying information, clarifying doubts and supporting participants through different activities.
Primary audience
The course is designed for DPA and DPKO analysts working on peace, conflict and conflict resolution.
Secondary audience
The course is designed for national and regional military, police and civilian personnel of every rank and function serving or interested in serving in peace operations.
The course addresses a broad audience of civilians, from international and regional organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, universities and research centers working or interested in working with conflict resolution within UN peace operations.
Participants are not expected to have prior experience in or knowledge of conflict resolution. However, as this is an advanced course, participants must:
  • Have a sound understanding of the structure and functioning of a peace operation;
  • Have conpleted the UNITAR course Understanding Conflict and Conflict Analysis or equivalent;
  • Have a university degree in a relevant area with proven interest in the specific topic covered by the course (BA or equivalent) or the equivalent working experience in a relevant field (2 to 4 years);
  • Have good command of English language (reading and writing);
  • Be computer literate.
Pre-course Preparation
This is an advanced course which requires participants to have advanced knowledge of a conflict case study. The course guides participants to design solutions to their chosen conflict and as such requires a solid knowledge of the cause, actors and dynamics of that conflict. Before the start of the course, registered participants must complete two pre-course activities which they will submit to the course facilitator when they gain access to the platform. Completion of these activities is a requirement to ensure that all participants have the knowledge required to effectively resolve a conflict. You will find the guidelines and templates for the activities below:
  • Choose a Conflict 
  • Conflict Overview 

As part of the pre-curse prepartaion, participants must also read documents such as the course Syllabus, Assessment Guide and User guide.


Please note that UNITAR PTP fellowships are awarded only to a small numbers of applicants from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and are not differed or transferred to another course. You might wish to refer the UN-OHRLLS list by clicking here.

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