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.
During Fall 2018, Laurie Nathan is teaching the following class:
IIPS 40801/MGA 60111 Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice of Mediation
This foundational course presents theories, cases and skills related to international mediation in high intensity conflicts (e.g. South Sudan, Yemen and Colombia). We will review the literature on international mediation and conflict resolution; explore relevant theories and examine their validity in actual cases; and share practitioner experiences of mediation led by the United Nations, the African Union and other organizations. We will also introduce and practice the skills of peacemaking analysis, planning and facilitating agreements. The course will deepen understanding of international mediation and offer students a foundation for practical engagement.