International Conflict Resolution (ICR)

International Conflict Resolution Curriculum

The specialization in International Conflict Resolution (ICR) provides students with an understanding of the root causes of international conflicts and of how conflict resolution takes place on an international level. Students receive practical, hands-on training in various methodologies of international conflict resolution. The specialization seeks to integrate theory and practice, providing a venue for leading practitioners and scholars to prepare the next generation of conflict resolution specialists.

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Edward Luck, Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs; Director of International Conflict Resolution Specialization


Shlomo Ben-Ami, McGovern Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs

Jendayi Frazer, Visiting Professor International and Public Affairs

Richard Gowan, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Francesco Mancini, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Zachary Metz, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

The International Conflict Resolution (ICR) requires 9 points, consisting of 1 three-point core required course; 2 three-point course elective approved by Concentration Director.

Core Course

One course (3 points)

Points
INAF U6391Conflict Resolution3

Electives

Select two electives or other courses with Specialization Director Approval. (6 points)

Points
INAF U4545Contemporary Diplomacy3
INAF U6169U.S. Diplomacy in Africa1.5
INAF U6221Navigating by Starlight - the Challenges of Conflict Resolution3
INAF U6381Gender Armed Conflict: Contemporary Theory and Practice for Advocates 3
INAF U6445Talking with the Enemy3
INAF U6485Law Politics of Conflict Management and Intervention3
INAF U6495Politics Practice of Humanitarian Assistance in the New Millennium1.5
INAF U6551Why We Fail: Lessons in Conflict Resolution and Atrocity Prevention3
INAF U6553Advancing Human Protection3
INAF U6563Containing Conflict: A Comparative Historical Perspective3
INAF U6564Applied Peacebuilding: Fieldwork3
INAF U6727Deconstructing Afghanistan3
INAF U6869The Evolution of Civil War Mediation Strategy3
INAF U6871War, Peace Strategy3
INAF U8189The Politics of History and Reconciliation3
INAF U8292International Conflict Resolution Practicum3
INAF U8506The Realities of Peacekeeping, Inclusive National Ownership the Achievement of Sustainable Peace3
INAF U8507The Security Council and Peacekeeping in Africa in the 21st Century3
INAF U8508Inside the Security Council: Inequality at Work3
INAF U8559Building Peace After Conflict1.5
INAF U8564Culture and Foreign Policy: China, India3
INAF U8621US-China Negotiation Workshop3
INAF U8867International Enforcement and the UN Security Council3
INAF U8869Civil Wars and Peace Settlements3
INAF U8882Practicum on Education in Emergencies1.5
INAF U8886Conflict Assessment1
INAF U8909Environment, Conflict Resolution Strategies3
PUAF U6801Negotiation Conflict Resolution3
REGN U6719Middle East Conflicts and Global Security3
Possible Additional Electives (Director will review and choose suitable non-SIPA courses for students to take.):
HRTS GU4930International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights4
ITSF Y5003Communication and Culture3
ORLJ Y4005Organizational Psychology3
ORLJ Y5148Managing Conflict in Organizations3
ORLJ Y5340Basic Practicum Conflict Resolution3
ORLJ Y6040Fundamentals of Conflict Resolution - Institutional Context3
LAW L8115Negotiation Workshop3
LAW L9165Transitional Justice.0
LAW L6551Israeli - Palestine Conflict3
LAW L9001United Nations Peacekeeping2
NECR K4105Introduction to Negotiation3
NECR K4107Introduction to Mediation3

ICR Courses

INAF U4545 Contemporary Diplomacy. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Political, ISP, ICR, Regional, IO

This course examines the process of diplomacy; the patterns, purposes, and people that shape the contemporary interactions of states. In the first, entitled "Making War and Peace"- we look at a series of the most important episodes in twentieth-century diplomacy. In the second section under the heading "Professional Norms and Pathologies"-we consider some of the problems faced by diplomats in any period. The concluding section of the course called "The Newest 'New Diplomacy'"- takes up distinctive aspects of diplomacy in the current period: how the United States and other governments have dealt with the proliferation of multilateral organizations (and of weapons of mass destruction), with ethnic warfare and genocide, with the pressures and opportunities of globalization, and with the war on terrorism that began after September 11, 2001.

INAF U6169 U.S. Diplomacy in Africa. 1.5 Point.

Fall 2016 Course Dates: Oct. 28 - Oct. 30

The course is an introduction to the practice of U.S. diplomacy and statecraft in Africa. Statecraft is the art of applying the power of the state to other states and peoples. It includes the construction of strategies for securing the national interest in the international arena, as well as the execution of these strategies by diplomats. Diplomacy applies this power by persuasive measures short of war, though it also serves to prepare as often as to avoid war. This course is taught from the point of view of the professional diplomat faced with developing strategies to advance the national interest in the context of a rapidly transforming, complex and multipolar global system. The current U.S. presidential election and candidate platforms will serve as case studies for students crafting Africa policy for the incoming Administration. Students will learn the tasks and skills of diplomats needed in integrating all elements of national power to successfully advance national interests and manage U.S. – Africa relations in a global context.

INAF U6221 Navigating by Starlight - the Challenges of Conflict Resolution. 3 Points.

Category: ISP, ICR, EPD, EPD:Political
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

What brings adversaries to the negotiating table?  Who can actually end a conflict? How important are mediation tactics to resolving a conflict? Has international advocacy changed the way conflict resolution is approached? This course will develop students understanding of key aspects of international conflict resolution by examining these and other fundamental questions, through discussion of different case studies. Conflicts in Algeria, Angola, Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan will be among those discussed. Students will draw generic lessons or observations from each case while also developing an appreciation for the unique nature of different conflicts.  Supplementary case studies will also be integrated through lecture and targeted readings. Priority for this course will be given to second-year students.

INAF U6445 Talking with the Enemy. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, ISP, ICR

Through a detailed investigation of eight significant case studies, this course will take a close look at past efforts of the United States to manage relations with "enemies" or adversaries. The course will examine the different strategies Presidents have used to "talk to the enemy": Roosevelt's 1933 opening of relations with the USSR; the decision at Munich to "appease" Hitler, Nixon's opening to China; the long delayed efforts to cease the war in Vietnam: the decision to invade Iraq in 2003 and the current debates over whether the US should talk directly with Iran and how best to deal with Cuba.  The course will conclude with some examination of how the US might deal with groups in the new paradigm --  non-state actors such as Taliban, Hamas, and Hezbollah Several key themes will be interwoven throughout the course.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 61779 William Luers M 11:00am - 12:50pm
402 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6485 Law & Politics of Conflict Management and Intervention. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, ISP, ICR
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

In this course in international security policy (this course can also count towards the ICR specialization), students will be asked to consider the ways in which politics and law inform, undermine, and bypass one another in the realm of conflict management and military intervention. We will draw from a rich set of cases across time and space (Afghanistan, Algeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, post-war Germany, Iran, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Libya, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, and the former Yugoslavia) to examine the notion of ?threats to peace and security? as it has evolved. When do states feel comfortable using force and how do they justify themselves? How do the logics of foreign policy and international security run up against legal doctrine, and what do these interactions mean for the waging of modern war? What do empirical studies of one intervention after the next tell us about the degree to which the ends justify the means?

INAF U6551 Why We Fail: Lessons in Conflict Resolution and Atrocity Prevention. 3 Points.

Category: ICR, EPD, EPD:Political, ISP, IO

This course will undertake a comparative assessment of international efforts to resolve armed conflicts and prevent mass atrocities in a series of situations, some of which ended relatively well and some of which did not. In the former category, it will consider Kenya (2008), Guinea (2009), Kyrgyzstan (2010), and Côte d'Ivoire (2010-11), and in the latter Rwanda (1994), Srebrenica (1995), Sri Lanka (2009), and Syria (2011). In each of the eight cases, international decision-making will be examined through both conflict resolution and atrocity prevention lens in order to gain a keener sense of relative priorities and of how efforts to pursue one goal reinforced or complicated the other. The emphasis will be on the UN Security Council and Secretariat, but the policies of key Member States will be considered as well. It has been widely noted that most mass atrocities occur in conflict situations, but there has been little study of whether the respective techniques used to end conflict and to curb atrocities are fully compatible in the context of day-to-day crisis response efforts. The United Nations has authorized or compiled extensive lessons-learned reports on Rwanda, Srebrenica, and Sri Lanka, and there are substantial academic, journalistic, and eye witness accounts of all of the situations other than Guinea and Kyrgyzstan. The instructor will also draw on his personal involvement in United Nations decision-making, as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), in all of the situations except for the two in the 1990s. Opportunities will be provided for the students to interact with national and international officials who were involved in several of these situations.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 26046 Edward Luck T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
402b International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6553 Advancing Human Protection. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, ICR, IO, ISP

This course will assess evolving international doctrine and practice aimed at protecting populations from mass atrocities.  It will address the global policies and institutions that have been put into place to curb genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity, with a particular focus on forced displacement, sexual violence, and the effects of conflict on children.  The class will consider the interplay between notions of sovereignty and of responsibility, taking a close look at how the principle of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) has developed institutionally and politically over the past fifteen years.  The instructor, as the first United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, was the principal architect of the global strategy for implementing R2P in policy and practice.  Through a visit to the United Nations, the students will have the opportunity to meet with a number of the key actors in this ongoing process.  The assignments for the course will include the preparation of a Policy Analysis, a Policy Proposal, and an Institutional Proposal.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 27446 Edward Luck T 11:00am - 12:50pm
402b International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6556 United Nations: Challenges and Alternatives. 3 Points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Does the United Nations matter? The course will offer a broad assessment and analysis of the place, performance and potential of the United Nations within the nation-state system. It will assess the world body based on a range of distinct expectations through the prism of global threats, global norms and global responsibilities. Increasingly the world is confronted with phenomena - related to both security and development - which require global responses; the question this course seeks to answer is to what extent can we rely on the UN to act as a global instrument for constructive change? The United Nations does not exist in isolation. It is shaped by the broad political context in which it operates. The course will first examine the changing nature of world politics and the new challenges it poses to the world organization in the 21st century, both the end of the Cold War and the impact of 9/11 having profoundly shaped the framework within which policy and action must take place. In particular the course will examine the emergence of new threats (the unprecedented role of non-state actors, the emergence of a single hyper-power and the reformulation of state sovereignty) which go beyond borders and the reach of individual states - no matter how powerful they may be - and which require a global response. Will the United Nations be up to the challenge? And, we must also ask, who exactly is the United Nations?

INAF U6563 Containing Conflict: A Comparative Historical Perspective. 3 Points.

Category: ICR

The seminar will address a select number of conflicts and the way they were, or failed to be, resolved. Conflict resolution is not an exact science and this course is not about establishing rules through which conflicts were, or should be, tackled, nor is it about putting together principles for a manual for practitioners. The different case studies would be addressed from a historical perspective in an attempt to enrich our knowledge of the conditions that produced them, of the way leaders used, or misused, the opportunities for peace, and how societies responded to the challenge of transition from conflict to peace.

INAF U6564 Applied Peacebuilding: Fieldwork. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, ISP, ICR

This course exposes students to conceptual and practical skills needed to develop a "reflective practice" orientation to applied professional work in international peace building and conflict resolution.  The class focuses on skills for designing, implementing, and evaluating conflict resolution interventions.  During the semester, students co-design projects, creating specific objectives and activities in collaboration with a Project Supervisor in a pre-selected field-based partner institution.  Students are encouraged to work in teams of 2-3 in the course.  Students implement the project during the summer, taking into consideration changes on the ground, through internships under the guidance of their field-based Project Supervisors.  Students return in the fall to deliver a report of their activities in the field reflecting on their experiences and presenting their findings to the SIPA community.  The course supports students in developing critical practical skills and experiences in managing a conflict resolution project while exploring the professional field of applied conflict resolution. This course requires instructor permission in order to register. Please add yourself to the waitlist in SSOL and submit the proper documents in order to be considered.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 81030 Zachary Metz Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
1201 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6727 Deconstructing Afghanistan. 3 Points.

Category: ISP, ICR
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

  The past decade in Afghanistan provides a real-life encyclopedia on virtually every element of post-conflict peacebuilding and statebuilding. The objective of this course is to use the experience of Afghanistan's post-conflict transition as a means of studying transitions in general, and to use the specific episodes of Afghanistan's experience to compare with other transitions.

INAF U6869 The Evolution of Civil War Mediation Strategy. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, ICR, ISP
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course is a journey through the evolution of civil war mediation strategy from the ancient world to the present day. This course is designed to provide students with a comparative historical and thematic understanding of civil war peacemaking strategy and the major dilemmas faced by civil war mediators. In this course, students will be introduced to an alternative framework for analyzing civil war peacemaking than is typically applied in the academic and policy-making literature in this field: strategic study. To study strategy is to study the history of ideas on how to pursue success, the origins of these ideas, how they have evolved and why, and what this teaches us about how to improve future strategy. While this approach is common in studies of war and statecraft, it is rare in the study of international peacemaking in civil wars. Studying the evolution of international mediation in civil wars in this way provides an innovative but essential perspective on the struggle to develop international order and on contemporary debates on international security and global governance.

INAF U6871 War, Peace & Strategy. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, ISP, ICR

Survey of the causes of war and peace, functions of military strategy, interaction of political ends and military means. Emphasis on 20th-century conflicts; nuclear deterrence; economic, technological, and moral aspects of strategy; crisis management; and institutional norms and mechanisms for promoting stability.

INAF U8292 International Conflict Resolution Practicum. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, ICR
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Only first years are eligible to enroll

The International Conflict Resolution Practicum is designed to help prepare students who wish to pursue careers in international conflict resolution. The ICR Practicum combines a 3-point course during Spring semester with intensive, 8-week summer field placements. During the field placement, students work under the supervision of multilateral or other agency field offices (e.g. UN agencies, USAID, or NGOs) to research a topic related to conflict prevention, including the prevention of mass atrocities, and/or peacebuilding. This year's practicum will focus on the Andean region. Information about the specific research theme and client organization will be circulated as soon as possible. Following the completion of the summer placement, students will present a written report in order to complete and earn a grade for the practicum. MIA and MPA students who complete the course with a passing grade may use the summer field placement to fulfill their internship requirement for an additional 3 credits. Admission to this class is by application only. Prospective applicants must register for the course waitlist during registration period; successful applicants will be admitted manually from the waitlist. Application instructions will be circulated to those students who have signed up for the waitlist as soon as certain details for the class are finalized.

INAF U8506 The Realities of Peacekeeping, Inclusive National Ownership & the Achievement of Sustainable Peace. 3 Points.

Category: ICR, IO
Instructor Permission Required

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to conduct research both in New York and in a peacekeeping operation and to make a contribution to the field of peacekeeping, building on the body of existing research. Through a combination of desk and field research, students will produce a policy-oriented paper on a subject of interest to both the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the mission itself. Through a Summer field placement, the course will expose students to the realities of the field, give them a first hand insight into the structure and functioning of a peace keeping operation, a unique understanding of the challenges it faces, and allow them to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Through intensive desk research the course will help students to build their research and analytical skills and familiarize themselves with the range of tools they will need to undertake rigorous, practical and action oriented research in a peace operation. The course aims to provide students with an informed and nuanced understanding of the instrument of peacekeeping. It will examine some of the tools used by PKOs in the Implementation of their mandates and critically assess the usefulness of these tools in achieving their goals, with particular attention to the complex and difficult tasks of peace building and the achievement of sustainable peace. The summer placements (four to six weeks) will be confirmed through the spring semester.It is proposed that they include two UN missions: The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). The choice of the missions may however change, subject to security conditions on the ground.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 22246 Elisabeth Lindenmayer M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
418 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8507 The Security Council and Peacekeeping in Africa in the 21st Century. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Political, HRHP, ISP, ICR, IO, Regional

This course, which will be taught by a practitioner, will focus on United Nations peacekeeping operations as one of the main conflict management tools of the Security Council (SC) in Africa. Through an extensive series of case studies (Somalia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Libya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, the Central African Republic and Cote d'Ivoire), It will closely examine the tool of peace keeping, the context in which it operates, the evolution of its doctrine, the lessons learned, and the challenges ahead. Drawing on the recent report of the High-level Independent Panel on peace operations (HIPPO), and the cases studies above, it will elaborate on the many issues in peacekeeping today,in particular the limits of the use of force, the protection of civilians, the nexus peacekeeping/peacebuilding, and the increased partnership with regional and subregional organizations.

INAF U8508 Inside the Security Council: Inequality at Work. 3 Points.

Category: IO, ISP, ICR

This course will examine the inner workings of the UN Security Council and how they have evolved over the years in order to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of power relationships within the international community, of the ways large and small countries seek to advance or defend their interests, and of how the working methods of the Council have been adjusted to better meet new challenges, such as human security, non-proliferation, and counter terrorism. Inequality-among its members, between them and the other 178 Member States, and between the Council and other international bodies--has been a defining characteristic of the composition, procedures, and rules of the world's premier security institution from the outset. Through case studies and conversations with practitioners, including the representatives of large, emerging, and smaller powers, the class will assess what kinds of reforms might be needed in how the Council goes about the critical business of maintaining international peace and security. The course aims to provide an informed and nuanced understanding of the politics and procedures of the Council for those in civil society, governments, international secretariats, and research institutions who seek to assess, influence, or work with the Council.

INAF U8559 Building Peace After Conflict. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Political, HRHP, ISP, ICR, IO, Management
Fall 2016 Course Dates: Oct. 24 - Dec. 12

This short course traces the outlines of the international community's steep learning curve in addressing the challenges of post-conflict peace building. It will examine some of the early UN and World Bank experiments in restoring nation states, follow the institutional changes meant to build capacity in the field of post-conflict recovery, look at the methodological and funding tools developed to strengthen field operations, and review some case studies illustrating the impact of this evolution. 

INAF U8564 Culture and Foreign Policy: China, India. 3 Points.

Category: ISP
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

It is well understood that there are tectonic shifts underway in the development of a new world order. For the first time in more than two centuries, non-western players such as China and India are beginning to take center stage in a nascent multi-polar world. In what ways do these millennial civilizations develop a different policy trajectory from the historical Euro-American axis? What role, if any, does culture-history, memory, traditional belief systems, identity, arts, and perceptions-play in the foreign policy decision making of these two countries? How important are such considerations in managing relations with China and India? How do China and India as rising powers use the cultural medium in projecting their image abroad and how do they differ from other countries?

INAF U8621 US-China Negotiation Workshop. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, ICR

This course is designed to give students the practical opportunity to develop their cross-cultural teamwork and negotiating skills while learning about key contemporary issues in U.S.-China relations. It is centered around a series of exercises in which teams of students take "sides" to negotiate win-win, win-lose, or lose-lose outcomes to a number of business, economic, and geopolitical disputes between the United States and China that regularly dominate today's headlines. Classroom case studies and guest speakers augment these practical exercises by offering wisdom and lessons learned from past U.S.-China interactions. Assigned readings are designed to provide conceptual frameworks to help students integrate these lessons and apply them in practice. Specific issues covered in case studies and negotiating exercises include: Business joint ventures; WTO and intellectual property protections; Internet and media censorship; CFIUS and Chinese outbound investment; SEC-CSRS dispute over audit inspections; Proposed Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT); Currency "manipulation"; Cybersecurity; Maritime territorial disputes; North Korea. This course requires instructor permission in order to register. Please add youself to the waitlist in SSOL and submit any required documents in order to be considered.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 83496 Patrick Chovanec M 11:00am - 12:50pm
324 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8867 International Enforcement and the UN Security Council. 3 Points.

Category: ICR, IO

No other institution in world history has been granted by its near universal membership the authority to mandate coercive measures, including sanctions and the use of force against sovereign states. Has the Security Council fulfilled the dreams of its founders? The course will define the Security Council's authority and powers through the provisions of the charter. It will discuss in detail the issue of collective security, sovereignty, threat to international peace and security, the use of force and non intervention. Through various case studies, it will examine the array of tools the Council has at its disposal from persuasion and diplomatic tools to peace keeping, economic sanctions, military enforcement and use of force.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 81279 Elisabeth Lindenmayer W 11:00am - 12:50pm
324 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8869 Civil Wars and Peace Settlements. 3 Points.

Category: ISP, ICR
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

In recent years, civil wars have been five times more frequent, and more than five times deadlier, than international wars. How can we understand violence in civil wars? Why do nearly half of the countries that emerge from war lapse back into violence after five years? Why do most international interventions fail to bring peace to affected populations? This seminar focuses on recent conflict and post-conflict situations as background against which to understand the distinct dynamics of violence and peace settlements in civil wars.

INAF U8882 Practicum on Education in Emergencies. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Social, HRHP, IO, ICR
Spring 2017 Course Dates: Jan. 23 - Mar. 6

This seven-week practicum is designed to give students from a variety of disciplines a background in education in emergency contexts, from preparedness to response and recovery. Class sessions will explore the multiple roles of education, including critical linkages to sectors like health and protection, in each of these phases; introduce students to the major education actors within the international humanitarian architecture; and prepare students to utilize best practices and minimum standards for education programming and policy-making. 

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 86546 Allison Anderson M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
501b International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8886 Conflict Assessment. 1 Point.

Category: ICR, MIA/MPA: Short Course
Fall 2016 Course Dates: Nov. 18 & 19

International responses to conflict and post-conflict environments are highly complex.  Most interventions hold the potential to have a positive impact by managing or resolving crises, and enhancing local mechanisms and institutions that address sources of violence.  However, research and practice have shown that peacemaking, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, development, and humanitarian interventions can also unintentionally create negative and/or harmful impacts on conflict dynamics, deepening cleavages that exist in societies and exacerbating inter- or intra-group tensions. Conflict assessment is the application of analytical tools to identify factors that cause conflict, to understand the interaction between different factors and actors in conflict, and to gauge the potential for conflict to become destructive and lead to violence.  These tools can be used by security, development, and humanitarian organizations for strategic planning in order to identify opportunities for initiatives that explicitly can address conflict factors.  They also can be used to assess the impact of already-designed or implemented initiatives (e.g. peacebuilding programs) on existing conflict factors and dynamics. Conflict assessment also allows one to integrate “conflict sensitivity” into a broad range of development, and humanitarian initiatives, whether they are being implemented in a location where violent conflict is occurring or they have an explicit intention to contribute to conflict prevention. This is a hand-on course, which will be organized around one or two current conflict cases, depending on the number of participants. Students will be asked to actively engage in the application of a conflict assessment methodology, with the first day focusing on the conflict analysis, and the second one on developing policy recommendations for intervention.

INAF U8909 Environment, Conflict & Resolution Strategies. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Sustainable, EE, EE: EPM, ISP, ICR

Environmental conflict resolution has emerged with an integrated role of research and practice within the growing field of conflict analysis and resolution. As the world faces increasing environmental problems and conflicts with growing environmental dimensions, there has also been an increasing creativity of response through different channels. The implications for the successful resolution of environmental conflict are the necessary and integrated contributions of all aspects of international affairs, including international security policy, economic policy, human rights and development.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 98147 Marc Levy Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
407 International Affairs Bldg

PUAF U6801 Negotiation & Conflict Resolution. 3 Points.

Category: ISP, ICR, Management, IO

There are two purposes to this course: 1. to develop your ability to negotiate in a purposeful, principled and effective way; and 2. to teach you how to build consensus and broker wise agreements with others. Negotiation is a social skill, and like all social skills you have to practice it if you want to get better at it. To give you the chance to practice, we'll do a number of simulated negotiations in and out of class. We'll also use lectures, case studies, exercises, games, videos, and demonstrations to help you develop your understanding. As we advance in the course, our focus will shift from simple one-on-one negotiations to more complex ones involving many parties, agents, coalitions, and organizations.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 82647 Seth Freeman Th 11:00am - 12:50pm
324 International Affairs Bldg