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Summer School of 2022 – Conflict Resolution: How to Mediate?
3 July, 2022 @ 8:00 am – 13 July, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Whether it is Ukraine, Israel, Yemen, or Afghanistan, conflict is an undeniable part of the domain of international relations. Although the nature of conflict has changed to include different modes of warfare such as drones and private mercenaries, the main questions surrounding conflict have remained the same, namely ‘why does a conflict occur?’ and ‘what can be done to solve a given conflict?’. The latter question is where the role of international negotiation in the shape of mediation comes into view. In the words of William Zartman, conflicts are ‘only ripe for resolution through mediation when a Mutually Hurting Stalemate is reached’.
Diplomats play a key role in facilitating mediation sessions. But as we all know not every meeting is a success, indicating that you cannot be a good mediator before becoming a good negotiator. So how do diplomats know when this so-called Mutually Hurting Stalemate is reached? And if so, where do they meet and who should mediate? If you recognize yourself in these questions then this summer school might exactly be what you are looking for.
The program of 2022 includes speakers like Paul Meerts, Hans van den Berg and practising diplomats. Students are offered the opportunity to expand their (international) network with networking sessions and practice their skills in a diplomatic simulation. In doing so, participants represent a country or an international organisation, prepare a position, and negotiate an agreement.