All too often international peacemaking processes become stalled, go off track, or breakdown completely thus greatly reducing the chances that a lasting and durable peace can be created by these processes.
The concentration in International Mediation provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for supporting the creation of durable peace in cases of international armed conflicts.
It is designed to progressively build knowledge levels and abilities related to the analysis of international armed conflict, the design and implementation of corresponding peacemaking responses or interventions, and then the monitoring and evaluation of these responses. A practical and applied focus, drawing upon lessons learned from actual ongoing or resolved armed conflicts, is maintained throughout the specialization. The use of team projects, role-plays, and simulations ensures that this specialization is interactive, experiential, and highly-participatory.
Located within an integral framework, this course introduces students to the general context or “playing field” in which international conflict and its management occurs. International armed conflicts, while sharing some similarities with conflicts at other levels, are unique in their own ways and the similarities and differences between different armed conflicts need to be identified prior to planning any peacemaking intervention. Students will become familiar with the unique factors at this level like international law, arms flows, and population movements which affect the trajectory of these armed conflicts.
This course builds upon the previous course by offering a more in-depth and focused examination of the specific challenges of peacemaking at the international level. It covers three main topics: 1) intervention design, 2) intervention implementation, and 3) intervention monitoring and evaluation. The specific skills and knowledge associated with this course include the Fundamentals of Basic Intervention Design, Writing a Project Proposal, The Role of Culture/Working Under Fire, Basic Project Management, Leadership & Teambuilding, Managing Media Relations, Different Tools/Approaches for Project Monitoring and Evaluation, and lastly how to Design Formative and Summative Project Evaluations.
All too often peacemaking processes become stalled, go off track, or breakdown completely thus greatly reducing the chances that a lasting and durable peace can be created by these processes. This course examines the question of how mediators can improve the prospects that durable peace will follow from a mediation process. Agreement design, spoiler management, and managing the parties’ power dynamics at and away from the table are topics of special emphasis in this course as they are of primary concern to ensuring that an agreement will endure and durable peace will flourish. An original model for durable peace is presented plus numerous practical tactics for designing good agreements, managing spoilers, and channeling the parties’ power struggle into nonviolent mechanisms and processes. Moreover, the issue of rejuvenating stalled peace processes and accords will be also be addressed.