The course addresses the following main objectives:
1. To Identify actors addressing in theory, and dealing in practice with conflict prevention. Particular focus will be on actors from Northern America and Europe. However, students' own insights into the field, or particular interest in an actor' s work in a certain conflict area are welcome and will be taken into consideration;
2. To analyze and understand the theoretical background of actors, and what their concept of conflict prevention may imply for the field. We will actively discuss the link between theory and practice in this regard;
3. To develop an own understanding, what the (so-called wider field of) conflict prevention can and may mean, particularly in a post-9/11 world.
We will examine the different methods, approaches and tools of an exemplary variety of actors that focuses on conflict prevention, through lecture presentations, reading synthesis and active discussions. Opportunity to further develop a student' s own conflict related expertise will be provided by assisting students to focus their written research paper on a specific regional conflict case study.
Hertkorn, Michaela C. Dr., "Actors and Theory in Conflict Prevention: a particular focus on conflict prevention post-9/11" (2003). Diplomacy Syllabi. 311.