Mediation Program

In many instances, skilled mediation is the difference between war and peace and one of the primary means of ending violent conflict.

Begun in 2018, the Kroc Institute mediation program brings the resources, expertise and academic foundation of the Kroc Institute, one of the world’s leading centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace, to bear in the growing field of mediation.

The program focuses primarily on building synergy between mediation research, teaching, training, policy and practice. It also covers the related themes of peacemaking, preventive diplomacy, conflict resolution, negotiations and national dialogue.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, contact program director Laurie Nathan, laurie.n.nathan.4@nd.edu. You can also read the latest program news

During Spring 2020, Laurie Nathan is teaching the following classes: 

IIPS 60608, IIPS 40801, and MGA 60111 Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice of Mediation

This foundational course includes a combination of scholarly, policy, and practitioner perspectives on international mediation. The class will review the literature on international mediation; explore relevant theories and examine their validity; and share practitioner experiences of mediation led by the United Nations, the African Union, and other organizations. We will also learn and practice the skills of conflict analysis, strategic planning for peacemaking, and mediating agreements between conflict parties.

This course is open to Master of Global Affairs students and undergraduate students pursuing a peace studies supplementary major or minor

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MGA 60732 Policy Engagement on Mediation

This course is mainly concerned with mediation in political conflicts where violence is present or imminent. Many of the skills that are taught - like policy advocacy, analysis, planning and process design - are applicable in numerous policy spheres. 

This course is open to Master of Global Affairs students. 

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