Mediation Program

Established in 2018, the Kroc Institute's Mediation Program brings the resources, expertise and academic foundation of the Kroc Institute to bear in the field of mediation. It focuses, in particular, on conflicts where violence is present or imminent.

The Program aims to build synergy between mediation research, teaching, training, policy and practice. It covers the related themes of peacemaking, preventive diplomacy, conflict resolution, negotiations and national dialogue.

The Program works at the international level, with partners including the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, and a number of governments. It has also worked with civil society groups in many countries, including Ethiopia, Germany, North Macedonia, Mozambique, South Africa, South Sudan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

During Spring 2023, Laurie Nathan is teaching the following class: 

Engaging in Mediation Policy and Practice

IIPS 50805 / MGA 60138

This course presents theories, cases, and skills related to international mediation in high intensity conflicts (e.g. South Sudan, Yemen and Afghanistan). We review the literature on international mediation and conflict resolution; explore relevant theories and apply them to mediation cases; and share practitioner experiences of mediation initiatives led by the United Nations, the African Union and other organizations. 

We also introduce and practice the skills of peacemaking analysis, strategic planning, and facilitating negotiations and agreements. The course deepens understanding of international mediation and offers students a foundation for practical engagement.

In June 2022, Program Director Laurie Nathan led a new Ph.D. course, “International Mediation: Theory, Cases and Skills,” hosted by the Oslo-based Research School on Peace and Conflict in conjunction with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). The course provides Ph.D.-level tuition and engagement for doctoral students based at universities throughout the world. 

If you are interested in viewing a course syllabus or learning more about the Program, contact Program Director Laurie You can also read the latest Program news.