Summer School: Ukraine - Opportunities and Challenges for Dialogue
How can peace and conflict studies contribute to understanding conflict dynamics in Ukraine? What are the opportunities for conflict settlement in Ukraine through dialogue at the local, national and international levels? What obstacles do these efforts face?
The 2021 swisspeace summer school provides an overview of current academic and policy debates on conflict resolution, dialogue and peacebuilding and critically reflects on their relevance for the Ukraine context. Following an introduction to peace and conflict theories and the architecture of international peacebuilding, participants will analyze the situation in Ukraine and reflect on opportunities and pitfalls for dialogue and conflict settlement in the current context.
What are the main developments in Ukraine since 2014? Who are the key actors and what are the main drivers of conflict domestically and internationally? How can the root causes of the conflict be addressed? What is the status of the settlement process and what role do international actors play? Participants will discuss these questions with inputs from a faculty made up of senior practitioners and scholars. Participants also have the opportunity to work on specific topics relevant to the Ukraine context in the areas of dialogue, peacebuilding, mediation and state-building.
In this course, you will:
- understand the conflict in and around Ukraine and the current status of the settlement process.
- analyze key actors, drivers and layers of conflict in the context of Ukraine.
- assess opportunities and challenges for dialogue in Ukraine at the local, national and international level.
- learn about key concepts from peace studies and how they apply to Ukraine.
- exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice
The summer school is designed for practitioners with an academic background, PhD-students and recent graduates. It is also open to advanced MA students. The course will be held with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 participants.
A university degree (minimum BA) or an equivalent educational background is required, professional experience is an asset.
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