Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2019



Course Number

DIPL 6004 WB

Course Description

This course examines the nature of conflict, how conflict escalates and de-escalates, and the role of peacemaking and peacekeeping in assisting de-escalation. The course encompasses local, national and international conflicts; although it will provide particular insight into protracted social conflicts and the link between statebuilding and peacebuilding.

Students will learn the basic concepts of ‘peacemaking 1, with an emphasis on the connection between conflict analysis and intervention design. Learning will extend into the role of ‘peacekeeping', as a tool that supports peacemaking initiatives. The course will also distinguish between the different types of third-party peacemaking interventions, will demonstrate the importance of ‘peace writ large' planning and will explore the interaction between international aid and peacemaking.

The course is 'practice-focused' in that it will provide students with practical tools for assessing conflicts and planning peace interventions.

The course will draw on research and experiences from a range of contexts but will focus in particular on contemporary challenges in the Middle East and North Africa.