Preventing Violent Conflicts
Conflict prevention remains high on the international policy agenda. Conflicts such as the ones in Syria, South Sudan, or Yemen have only increased interest in how to prevent violent conflicts, locally, nationally as well as internationally. This virtual course provides a unique opportunity to explore different conceptual, thematic, and practical issues of conflict prevention with a large and diverse selection of experts and experienced practitioners.
After an introduction to the notion of conflict prevention, an overview of the international policy framework, and different approaches, the course will explore two highly relevant thematic issues related to contemporary conflicts: migration and dealing with the past. Both issues will be discussed in their complex relationship with conflict, both as a driver and consequence of violence, as well as in their potential for prevention – illustrated with practical examples from the conflict contexts. Another main focus of the course will be on the potential and practical application of conflict prevention methods. The course will also provide in-depth insights into conflict sensitivity and different approaches of early warning and early response systems. We will analyze lessons learned in managing the risks of violent conflicts during times of transitions based on the case studies of Tunisia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kenya.
The course will provide in-depth insights into different early warning and early response systems.
Throughout the course, the emphasis is on how the various concepts and methods and the practical insights can be applied to participants’ own work and contexts.
Reflect on the topics of migration and dealing with the past from a conflict prevention perspective.
In this course participants will:
Examine the notion of conflict prevention and learn about theoretical and practical aspects of conflict prevention methods;
Reflect on the topics of migration and dealing with the past from a conflict prevention perspective;
Explore the potential and practical application of conflict prevention methods such as early warning and early response or conflict sensitivity in different contexts;
Learn how to design conflict prevention measures in light of their opportunities and challenges;
Learn from experienced conflict prevention practitioners, identify best practices, and draw lessons from other contexts for their own work;
Exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.
This course is designed for:
Professionals working in or on fragile and conflict-affected contexts and interested in conflict prevention and early warning- and response;
Practitioners supporting the design and implementation of conflict prevention measures;
Practitioners and academics who want to complement their own areas of expertise with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge on preventing violent conflicts.
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