Negotiation and mediation

15-16 April 2021 | Executive training

This course introduces participants to the available tools for settling international conflicts and examines their effectiveness in the context of contemporary conflict settings.

Most currently-available conflict management tools were developed in the wake of the Second World War, in an international system vastly different from the current one. Technological progress has brought about new ways to engage in international conflicts – methods unknown to the drafters of the UN Charter and other documents that built the foundation for the current conflict management architecture.

Participants will examine if and how these tools are still applicable and effective in a world where cyber threats, hybrid war, intra-state conflict and powerful non-state actors have emerged in recent times as phenomena threatening international peace and security. Participants will get an overview of the classic tools of mediation and negotiation in the context of multinational bodies and organisations and will at the same time analyse under which circumstances these classic tools are still effective in "new wars", as well as where they may need to be updated or complemented with new instruments.

Using the real-life examples of the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, participants will take part in practical exercises in conflict analysis, mediation, multilateral negotiation and the development of modern peace operations.


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

It can also be completed as part of the

•    Certificate in Leadership and Management
•    Certificate in Public Financial Management and Methods
•    Certificate in Intersectoral Management
•    Certificate in Public Sector Innovation
•    Certificate in Global Policy and Diplomacy
•    Certificate in Digital Transformation
•    Certificate in Management in the Public Sector
•    Certificate in Leadership in Business, Politics and Society

All skills trainings can be customised for organizational clients. Learn more.