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 Spring 2019, Laurie Nathan is teaching the following class:
IIPS 60601/MGA 60721 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.