On-Campus Courses

The Academy’s practitioner-oriented courses, held at the USIP headquarters in Washington and elsewhere, prepare professionals for work in and on conflict zones.

Our Spring 2015 schedule is now available! To learn more, download the schedule or scroll down to the featured courses below.

The knowledge and skills imparted in the Academy's courses are based on lessons learned and best practices from around the world. Instructors include people who have firsthand experience in conflict zones. Class sizes are small and participants interact with highly skilled senior practitioners. The courses, which attract participants from a range of backgrounds, impart specific skills through case studies, simulations, and small group exercises.

New Peacekeeping Strategies Following Violent Regime Change

With a focus on current peacekeeping missions by the United Nations and regional organizations, participants will examine approaches for the international community to assist emerging governments in controlling their national borders, policing their cities and protecting their citizens.

In the aftermath of Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States has demonstrated renewed interest in international peacekeeping. Presidential Policy Directive 23 made it a goal of U.S. policy to strengthen collective security arrangements by building the capacity of partner nations to conduct multilateral peacekeeping missions. 

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Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience – Partnership with Eastern Mennonite University

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:00
Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:00

This training is for those whose work brings them in contact with populations dealing with historic or current trauma. Learning happens through presentations, physical activity, creative expression, and interaction with other participants. Bodywork, meditations from different spiritual traditions, and reflection are woven into the experience.

This, Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience level I training is a five-day educational and experiential training, that brings together restorative justice, human security, spirituality and conflict transformation.

STAR Level I training is a course for those whose work brings them in contact with populations dealing with historic or current trauma. Pastors, social workers and counselors are some of the people who have benefited from STAR training.

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Local and National Dialogues: What Makes Them Work?

Understand the theory and practice of facilitated dialogue, learn the fundamentals of designing a dialogue process, and examine lessons learned from both community- and national-level dialogue processes with a focus on conflict contexts where divides rooted in identity differences figure prominently.

Peacebuilding practitioners, development specialists, educators, activists and others working to promote constructive change in conflict-affected countries often face the challenge of working with groups that are experiencing divisions rooted in identity.  

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Civil Society Efforts at Internal Dialogue

After 20 years of a stalled peace process in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, many people might say, "Nothing ever changes. Why bother anymore?" However, USIP's experts have identified a number of new initiatives by actors on the ground that give us hope for the future. Come learn about a range of Israeli and Palestinian civil society–based peacebuilders and conflict resolution efforts.

These initiatives include efforts that are both intra-group (for example, religious and secular Jews in Israel; Palestinians from different political camps) and inter-group (for example, Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel; Israelis and Palestinians from the West Bank).

The course will focus on the development and impact assessment of conflict resolution programs in the current Israeli-Palestinian context.

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Mediating Violent Conflict

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 09:00
Fri, 05/15/2015 - 17:00

Take on the roles of mediators and conflict parties in simulations and role-plays, as you learn what it takes to structure a successful mediation effort, as well as what a third party needs to do when deciding to get involved in a peacebuilding effort.

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Guest speakers: Chester Crocker, William Taylor, George Lopez, Alison Milofsky and Anthony Wanis–St. John.

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Understanding Islamic Law

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:00
Wed, 01/28/2015 - 17:00

Acquire a firm grounding in the principles, concepts, and terminology of Islamic law as well as an introduction to its history and its role in the contemporary era, including Islamic constitutionalism, criminal law, and human rights law.

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Though often maligned and misunderstood, Islamic law is one of the longest enduring and most widely subscribed systems of law in the world. This course will give participants a firm grounding in the principles, concepts, and terminology of Islamic law as well as an introduction to its history and its role in the contemporary era.

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Managing Intergroup Conflict through Facilitation

How do you get parties to a conflict to listen to one another? How do you build trust and consensus in a group setting? Managing conflicts often relies on having solid facilitation skills—skills that help parties to a conflict resolve their dispute. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to effectively deal with conflicts and build sustainable relationships.

Conflict management practitioners working in conflict zones often engage with groups who are at odds with one another. Many of the strategies these practitioners employ depend heavily on having solid facilitation skills. Conflict management skills training, problem-solving workshops, mediation, intergroup dialogue, and other processes all center around an effective facilitator who is able to guide a group in transforming conflict.

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Winning Together: Multiparty Negotiations

“Winning Together: Multiparty Negotiations” is an intensive training course that builds your persuasive abilities so that you can obtain collaborative outcomes within and across your agency, organization, branch of government or military, as well as internationally.

When are your negotiation skills critical? When you are trying to:

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Land, Property, and Conflict

Disputes and grievances over land and property are implicated in practically all conflicts. This course provides policymakers and practitioners with analytical tools for assessing and addressing an array of complex land and property disputes, from competing ownership claims and restitution to customary land rights and illegal urban settlements. Drawing on case studies of peace operations and peacebuilding efforts, participants explore the range of entry points (humanitarian, human rights, state building, development, etc.) and options for dispute resolution and structural reform.

Drawing on case studies of peace operations and peacebuilding efforts, participants explore the range of entry points (humanitarian, human rights, state building, development, etc.) and options for dispute resolution and structural reform. Participants will learn to understand the overarching principles of engagement, assess the desirability of intervention options, and apply lessons learned from several case studies, including Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Colombia.

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Men and Women in War and Peace

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 13:00
Fri, 04/10/2015 - 17:00

Men and women experience war differently, so it is essential to understand the dynamic impact of gender roles in conflict and post-conflict settings. Participants will practice applying a “gender lens” to peace processes and conflict prevention scenarios. Using a practical example of gender analysis and the inclusion of gender in peacebuilding, participants will apply a core set of gender analysis skills to a real-world scenario and develop their own action plans.
   

Guest experts (partial): Sanam Anderlini, Julie Arostegui, Farah Council, Jocelyn Kelly, Steven Steiner, Joseph Vess

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Courses

Hamid Khan
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 9:00am
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 5:00pm

Acquire a firm grounding in the principles, concepts, and terminology of Islamic law as well as an introduction to its history and its role in the contemporary era, including Islamic constitutionalism, criminal law, and human rights law.

Kathleen Kuehnast
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 1:00pm
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 5:00pm

Men and women experience war differently, so it is essential to understand the dynamic impact of gender roles in conflict and post-conflict settings. Participants will practice applying a “gender lens” to peace processes and conflict prevention scenarios. Using a practical example of gender analysis and the inclusion of gender in peacebuilding, participants will apply a core set of gender analysis skills to a real-world scenario and develop their own action plans.
   

Debra Liang-Fenton
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 9:00am
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 5:00pm

Learn how to develop effective strategies for establishing stable institutions and a robust civil society, including how to address the interplay among issues of corruption, accountability, rule of law, elections, political party development, public administration, and economic reconstruction in divided societies.

Nina Sughrue
Monday, May 4, 2015 - 9:00am
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 5:00pm

Students will learn the different levels of trauma and how a traumatic event affects the brain and body. Practitioners will also learn how to recognize trauma-affected behavior and how to apply the appropriate tools and approaches with these populations. Individual and team resilience is critical in conflict environments in order to prevent secondary trauma and compassion fatigue. Self-care strategies will also be taught.