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.

A supporter of former cricket star Imran Khan, a candidate in Pakistan's parliamentary elections, in front of security forces during a demonstration in Islamabad, Pakistan
Photo courtesy of The New York Times.Diego Ibarra Sanchez

How is good governance achieved in states that have collapsed? Participants will develop effective strategies for establishing stable institutions and supporting a robust civil society. Dynamic modules will address the inter-relationship among issues of corruption, accountability, rule of law, elections, political party development, public administration, and economic reconstruction in divided societies.

"A terrific course led by a skilled and knowledgeable facilitator. There was more opportunity for meaningful interaction in her course than any other I've taken since joining the State Department. Course content is solid and right on target."—Col. Mike Sunshine (ret.), U.S. Department of State

Although elections are an essential component in a democratic transition, a successful strategy for effective governance must also include an interim government that is seen as legitimate in the eyes of the people and the international community, a written constitution, a strengthened justice system, and an engaged civil society.

Participants will learn how to develop an action plan for promoting good governance in a particular transition environment, and will apply lessons learned to current war-to-peace transitions.

This course will also pay special attention to the role of the United Nations and the United States in peace implementation and state building.

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