The Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding of the United States Institute of Peace is pleased to announce the eight winners of its inaugural Case Study Competition.  This competition was run in partnership with the Josef Korbel School of International Studies  (University of Denver), the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies (Notre Dame University) and Georgia State University.

The purpose behind the competition was to produce cases of international conflict that illuminate current problems and challenges for practitioners engaged in conflict prevention and management, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.

The three partner universities selected 19 finalists from over 50 cases submitted and awarded each finalist a cash prize.  From the final studies, a panel of independent experts and USIP staff selected eight as USIP Teaching Cases. The USIP Teaching Cases are now posted on the USIP website and available for download. We believe these cases will be an excellent resource to support teaching, training and research in conflict prevention and management, conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.

These eight cases focus on a conflict between countries or between parties within a specific country or region. They provide for discussion, engagement, analysis and reflection. Each case study had to focus on at least one of six areas:

  • Post-conflict rebuilding
  • Governance and conflict
  • Conflict prevention
  • Economics and conflict
  • Identity-based conflict and its resolution
  • Third-party roles

These cases are not meant to provide definitive analysis but to tell stories of particular situations in which countries, communities or other actors are confronting complex issues and alternative courses of action. At the core of USIP’s education and training is “active learning,” and these cases are meant to stimulate discussion and analysis, not serve as a conclusion to such conversation. These cases highlight the many ambiguities that surround conflict issues in order to leave it to discussants to try to resolve them. We hope that enough critical questions are raised that will allow for provocative and even conflicting responses by the learners.

The Eight Winning Case Studies