Executive training   Executive MPA  

Conflict prevention and crisis management

21-23 March 2022 | Executive seminar

This seminar deals with several multilateral diplomatic efforts to end serious conflicts in Wider Europe since the end of the Cold War. The first sessions will look at international responses to the outbreak of violent conflict in the former Yugoslavia, with a particular focus on the efforts that led to the Dayton Peace Accords for Bosnia in 1995, as well as at the NATO intervention in Kosovo in 1999 and the subsequent negotiations on the status of Kosovo. The second part will deal with the management of more recent issues, including the ongoing conflict in and over Ukraine and security challenges in the Middle East.

The seminar sheds light on the factors that shape international negotiations and analyses various diplomatic strategies to enable the peaceful (or, if necessary, forceful) ending of violent conflicts. Based on in-depth case studies, participants will learn how negotiators can deal with difficult counterparts, change the incentive structures of the actors involved, or devise face-saving measures that can pave the way for the first requirement of sustainable peace: a peace agreement.

The seminar depends on the active participation of the participants. We will be able to make most out of our seminar discussions on the selected cases if you develop a good understanding of the various actors and conflicts beforehand.

This seminar is offered as part of the Executive MPA programme and in the open enrolment programme.


  • Wolfgang Ischinger , Senior Professor of Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice | Founding Director, Centre for International Security