This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of conflict analysis by illustrating analytical tools used, with reference to two extended case studies, the conflict in Kosovo and the genocide in Rwanda.

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Soldiers from the Rwandan Patriotic Front

Practitioners and academics in the field of conflict management face extraordinary challenges in dealing with the various phases of conflict, whether it is rebuilding in the aftermath, stopping conflict in progress, or preventing conflict before it begins.

In these efforts, successful educators and practitioners follow a simple precept: effective action depends upon insightful analysis.

This course presents an introduction to the subject of conflict analysis, illustrating analytical tools used, with reference to two extended case studies, the conflict in Kosovo and the genocide in Rwanda.

Also available in عربي (Arabic), فارسی (Farsi), and Español (Spanish)

Introduction to Conflict Analysis

Course Objectives:

In completing this course, you will gain proficiency in the following skills:

  • Classifying phases of conflict using the curve of conflict
  • Identifying interventions appropriate to different phases of a conflict
  • Analyzing the conflict in Kosovo and the genocide in Rwanda using terms and concepts from the curve of conflict
  • Generating a thorough set of characteristics for describing conflict using an analytical framework
  • Analyzing the conflict in Kosovo and the genocide in Rwanda using terms and concepts from the framework
  • Analyzing unfamiliar conflicts using terms and concepts from the curve and framework

This course includes numerous perspectives on the subject of conflict analysis, as well as on the conflict in Kosovo and the genocide in Rwanda. These perspectives come in the form of audio clips culled from over twenty hours of interviews that we have conducted with Institute trainers, other noted specialists, grassroots organizers, military professionals, and individuals who were personally affected by the conflicts.

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