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KINT 3225 - International Mediation & Conflict Resolution

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

General knowledge of international relations main theories and actors.

Course Description

International Mediation plays a major role in the management and resolution of violent political conflicts. A historically prestigious and respected practice, led by head of states, senior diplomats or the Vatican, contemporary mediation has now become both a public and a private activity. Third party interventions by NGOs, International Organizations, Nobel Prize winners, individual experts, academics, or religious movements have greatly thriven since then end of the Cold War. From the Northern Ireland peace process negotiated by US Senator Mitchell to the Israeli-Arab Camp David Accord brokered by President Jimmy Carter, from the Mozambique Sant'Egidio Mediation to cease-fires and hostages negotiations, you will need to learn from a great array of mediation strategies to enhance your knowledge of international conflict resolution processes. This course will provide students with all the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to understand the specificity and philosophy of international mediation as an alternative tool to end violent conflicts.

Teachers

TENENBAUM, Charles (Maitre de Conférences)

Course validation

• Mediation Simulations & Oral participation (20% of the final grade): Two mediation simulations will be organized in Class, one on the second session and one during the last session. .A 1-2 page feedback on your mediation and negotiation experience will be submitted online for the week following the exercise
• The Mediators: roles & techniques (50% of the final grade): Each session, students will be asked to read a text directly related either to a mediation process or to a relevant mediator. With the teacher's approval, group or 2-3 students will select an International Mediation occurrence, identify the mediator(s) involved and present its role (10 min). Attention should be paid to the type of mediator and style of mediation involved. 10-15 presentations of the mediator(s) involved should also highlight to what extent we can learn from a specific method of international mediation. Students are strongly encouraged to get direct contact and interact with mediators involved in the selected cases.
• Book Review (30% of the final grade): A list of books on International Mediation and Conflict Resolution will be presented to the students. In accordance with the teacher, each student should select a book or journal article and write a review to be submitted on the online drive by the end of the semester (4-5 pages long with a short bibliography, it should include a presentation of the author and the book, a summary of the book's theses, and finally open debate for discussion and a broader approach of the issues at stake).

Workload

Besides suggested and required readings, students will be invited to make extensive use of multimedia resources related to the study of mediation. Useful websites, movies and selected interviews will be presented to the class. Students will be invited to present their work; share their opinion and personal experience on the seminar's blog.

Required reading

  • Crocker, Chester A, Fen Osler Hampson, et Pamela R Aall. Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World. Washington, D.C: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2007
  • Cheldelin, Sandra, Daniel Druckman, et Larissa Fast. Conflict : From Analysis to Intervention. New York: Continuum, 2008
  • Darby, John, et Roger Mac Ginty. Contemporary Peacemaking: Conflict, Peace Processes and Post-war Reconstruction. 2nd. ed., Palgrave Macmillan, 2008
  • Ramsbotham, Oliver, Tom Woodhouse, et Hugh Miall. Contemporary Conflict Resolution: The Prevention, Management and Transformation of Deadly Conflicts. 2nd ed., Polity Press, 2005
  • Zartman, I.William. Peacemaking And International Conflict: Methods & Techniques. Revised edition. United States Institute of Peace Press, 2007