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Understanding and Engaging Armed Groups

Application Deadline
5th April 2021
12th April 2021
7th May 2021
4 weeks
Skill level
750 USD

In the last decade, preventing conflict and sustaining peace have become increasingly complex. National armies and armed opposition groups are no longer the sole perpetrators of armed violence. Violence is being perpetrated more and more by a range of hybrid actors, such as armed groups, criminal organizations, and illicit trafficking networks. Understanding these emerging trends present analytical challenges.
Developed in collaboration with the Changing Character of War Centre at Oxford University and the University of Regina in Canada, this online course explores the political context driving the genesis of armed violence and the forces shaping armed group inception, structures and resources . It explores the links between criminality and insurgency and analyses the different implications for engagement. By focusing on multidisciplinary investigative approaches, this course will strengthen your analytical skills and provide practical tools which can support armed groups analysis.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

Use insights and tools from academia, research and practice to analyse an armed group of your choice.
Identify engagement opportunities and describe what an engagement process could entail for the selected armed group.
Predict possible adverse consequences of an engagement process.
Appraise the varying approaches, tools, and methods of peace & security, and humanitarian actors.



Viale Maestri del Lavoro 10 10127 Turin Italy

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  • Conflict transformation
  • DDR
  • Conflict analysis
  • Conflict management & conflict resolution
  • Conflict prevention
  • Peacebuilding
  • Project management conflict-sensitive
  • Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration DDR
  • Designing peacebuilding & prevention programming
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Organized crime prevention
  • Radicalisation prevention
  • Countering violent extremism
Languages English
Evaluation Final assignment
Target Audience
  • Military
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Policy makers
  • Civil servants in governments
  • General public
  • Local authorities
  • Media
  • NGO staff
  • Women
  • Social workers
  • Public authorities
  • Journalists
  • Lecture
  • Case Study
  • Methods for Reflection
  • Not available
  • Certificate of Participation
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