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KINT 3380 - Confronting a Crisis: Tools for Analysis and Communication

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Course Description

This course examines crises from the last few decades, and teaches a number of practical skills for analysing them, and presenting conclusions and recommendations. It will be taught by experienced practitioners from different backgrounds and disciplines (military, political, diplomatic, humanitarian, journalism), and is intended to help students understand and critically analyse attempts to prevent, manage and perhaps resolve crises, how far they have succeeded, and why they have failed. An important component of the course is the acquisition of practical skills of rapid analysis and synthesis, and communication of ideas in an organised and concise fashion. The course will be particularly valuable for those considering careers in government, international organisations, NGOs and the media. Such students may find (as has been the experience of the teachers in previous years) that the full value of some parts of the course is only appreciated at a later stage, such as during real-life negotiations or actual field assignments. It is organised around a series of case studies, drawing in part on the personal experiences of the teachers, and will critically explore ideas, assumptions and techniques that are commonly used today. A key feature of the course is that it aims to put students in a professional rather than an academic context, and to induce reactions and provoke analysis that will be necessary tools in professional life. A simulation exercise towards the end of the course will put many of these current ideas to the test. The course will be of 12 sessions, each of two hours, plus the practical exercise. The teachers will vary depending on the subject being addressed.


  • CHUTER, David (Ex Administrateur civil britannique détaché à la délégation aux Affaires Stratégiques, ministère de la Défense)
  • EPSTEIN, Bertrand (Officier supérieur)
  • LE DUC, Guillaume A. (Directeur Développement)
  • POIROT-LELLIG, Romain (Chargé de mission)
  • SPINOZA, Jérôme C. (Secrétaire MAE)
  • VINCENT, Léonard (Chroniqueur / journaliste)

Course validation

Marks: Presentation 40%, written assignment 30%, oral participation 30%. The last-mentioned will also take account of students' contribution to the simulation exercise.

Required reading

  • David Keen, “The Forever Wars”, available at
  • David Chandler, “R2P or Not R2P? More Statebuilding, Less Responsibility”, available at
  • Patrice Sartre, Making International Peacekeeping More Robust, available at
  • Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed: The MSF Experience: Introduction and Part II (History), available at
  • Brahimi report (UN)

Additional required reading

Brahimi report (UN)

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