Conflict management

How do conflicts evolve? What are the causes of conflict? Why do they escalate, and what can be done to contain or even solve them? In the action-centred simulation game "Crisis in Fontania" participants take on the roles of actors in the fictitious country of Fontania as well as surrounding states. Relations between the two ethnic groups within Fontania have been tense for a long time because of conflicts over the distribution of power and resources and some legacies from the countries' troubled past. The conflict has been fuelled by the recent discovery of huge oil reserves in the South of the country, predominantly inhabited by the minority group of Amalians. While global oil companies are eager to exploit the new fields, international observers warn that the tense situation in Fontania might escalate.

The game will help participants understand the dynamics and the complexity of national and international conflicts as well as possible approaches to their resolution in the real world. The simulation game will be followed by a debriefing session in which we will map the turning points, the key actors as well as processes in the game and try to derive possible lessons learnt for conflict management in the real world. 
 
This course is for first year MIA students only.
 

Instructors 

Simon Raiser and Björn Warkalla both hold a degree in political science from Freie Universität Berlin. In 2005, they founded the company planpolitik. planpolitik has specialized in the conception and realization of interactive event formats on political, economic and social issues, using methods such as simulation games, idea labs and future/creative workshops, and the development of scenarios or campaigns. In addition, planpolitik implements methodical trainings as well as skills trainings, including on negotiation, teambuilding, leadership, conflict management, crisis management, and lobbying.

Since 2005, the team of planpolitik has realized more than 1,500 events on various topics with more than 40,000 participants worldwide. The list of partners comprises governmental bodies, such as the German foreign ministry, universities all over Europe, foundations, NGOs, as well as companies. Moreover, in 2013 planpolitik founded an online branch (digital.planpolitik.de), developing online solutions for education and Training.