Conflict prevention and crisis management – Selected case studies in international negotiations

30 March - 1 April 2020 | Executive seminar

This seminar deals with the 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 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 Russo-Georgian War of 2008 and the ongoing conflict in and over the Ukraine.

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 of our seminar discussions on the selected cases if students develop a good understanding of the various actors and conflicts beforehand.

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

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