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PPR419: Conflict Transformation and Resolution
What makes conflict resolution succeed? Why do some peace processes lead to peace, while others suffer reverses? How do mediators work and what influences whether parties are receptive? How do structural and agency factors combine to both augment and reduce the possibilities for negotiated political settlements?
This course is designed to deepen our understanding of conflict processes and to develop analytical and practical skills in conflict analysis, mediation and negotiation. The main focus of the course will be on protracted civil/international conflicts, though we will also refer to conflicts at other levels. The course should be of particular interest to students who come from areas in conflict, or who have an interest in how to develop an appropriate response. We will draw on our own personal experience of handling conflict and there will be opportunities to discuss cross-cultural differences in peace-building.
The course covers conflict theory, the origins and prevention of conflict, escalation and dampening of conflict behaviour, the role of civil society in peace-building; mediation, negotiations and peace-talks, the role of spoilers in conflict, the role of diasporas in both violence and peace-building and post-settlement reconstruction, including issues such as reconciliation and justice for the victims of conflict.
Teaching is by tutor and student presentations with occasional use of, role-plays, videos and simulation exercises.
Ramsbotham, O, Woodhouse T. & Miall, H,Contemporary Conflict Resolution – 3rd edition (Polity, 2011)
Cochrane, F. Ending Wars (Polity, 2008)
Wallensteen, P.,Understanding Conflict Resolution (Sage, 2006)
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