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Conflict Resolution [PTP.2014.07E]

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12 Feb 2014 to 26 Mar 2014
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5 Weeks
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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:
  • Distinguish and apply conflict and conflict resolution theories;
  • Apply conflict resolution tools to a current conflict;
  • Describe and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the main diplomatic tracks in light of a case study;
  • Appraise mediation and negotiation techniques;
  • Prepare for negotiations and mediation in a current conflict;
  • Discuss the role of the United Nations and regional organisations in conflict resolution.
The course is composed of five modules that will be covered over six weeks:
  • Module 1: Research on conflict resolution
  • Module 2: Introduction to conflict resolution
  • Module 3: Diplomatic tracks in conflict resolution
  • Module 4: Methods in conflict resolution
  • Module 5: The United Nations and regional actors in conflict resolution
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 national and regional military and police personnel of every rank and function serving or interested in serving in peace operations.
Secondary audience
The course also 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 peace operations.
Participants are not expected to have prior experience in or knowledge of transitional justice. However, as this is an advanced course, participants must:
  • Have a sound understanding of the structure and functioning of a peace operation;
  • 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.
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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The course Conflict Resolution
 has been awarded the 2013 international Open ECBCheck Standards.
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