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Hertie School of Governance

Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management - Selected Case Studies in International Negotiations

Mar 30—Apr 1, 2020
3 days
Berlin, Germany
EUR 1690 ≈USD 1863
EUR 563 per day

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This seminar deals with several multilateral diplomatic efforts that have been made to end serious conflicts in wider Europe since the end of the Cold War. The first sessions will look at international responses to the outbreak of violent conflict in the former Yugoslavia, with a particular focus on the efforts that led to the Dayton Peace Accords for Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1995, as well as at the NATO intervention in Kosovo in 1999 and the subsequent negotiations on the status of Kosovo. The second part will deal with the management of more recent issues, including the Russo-Georgian War of 2008 and the ongoing conflict in and over Ukraine.

The seminar sheds light on the factors that shape international negotiations and analyses various diplomatic strategies to enable the peaceful (or, if necessary, forceful) resolution of violent conflicts. By focussing on in-depth case studies, participants will learn how negotiators can deal with difficult counterparts, change the incentive structures of the actors involved, or devise face-saving measures that can pave the way for the first requirement of sustainable peace: a peace agreement.


Wolfgang Ischinger is Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at the Hertie School of Governance and Director of the school’s Centre for International Security Policy (CISP). He has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008. From 2006 to 2008, he was Germany’...

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