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OCAF 2100 - Preventive Diplomacy and Multilateral Conflict management in Africa

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 40

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

In this course, we will reflect on some of the key challenges of multilateral conflict prevention, management and resolution in Africa and engage with various forms of conflicts including ethnic violence, insurgencies, electoral disputes, political transitions, violent extremism and secessionism mostly in fragile states. The course has two goals: the first one is to better understand how international policy is made when responding to crises in Africa, with an emphasis on the UN, and to analyze the key issues and debates arising from these processes. The second goal is to understand the complex and unique dynamics of each conflict through cases studies and to stress the specific challenges of intervention in this context. The course readings will include recent policy documents as well as some academic literature. Students will have the opportunity to discuss current events in Africa, like for example the challenges of peacebuilding in the Sahel and Libya, upcoming electoral processes or the crisis in South Sudan, as well as interact with a few guests involved in conflict management of these crises.


  • BOUAYAD, Aurelien (Teaching assistant)
  • HARA, Fabienne (Consultante)

Course validation

We meet for 12 sessions, or one full semester. Students will be evaluated on participation in class and in discussion on assigned readings (10%), a short group presentation on case studies (or a short mid-term policy paper) (40%), and a final policy paper (50%). Final papers should be submitted on 28 November both electronically and in hard copy. Assignments and classroom discussions are designed to prepare students for professional work in preventing, managing and resolving conflicts.


Readings should be done before class and students should be ready to discuss all readings as part of the class participation grade.

Required reading

Responding to conflict in Africa, the UN and Regional Organizations, edited by Jane Boulden, Palgrave Mc Millan, 2013