Following the success of the first edition of the Mediation, Dialogue and Conflict Analysis training in September 2022, the Clingendael Institute will implement the second edition of the training between 30 January and 3 February 2023. Both training editions were developed in close cooperation with the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM Georgia) and are, for that reason targeting mission staff who implement conflict-sensitive projects and activities.
In a five-day highly intensive training, up to 20 participants – primarily political advisors, staff working on the hotline, and those working on confidence-building projects – will be trained in mediation and conflict analysis skills within the framework of EU missions.
The course will start with practising conflict analysis skills, and participants will apply different tools, such as stakeholder mapping, to real case studies.
This will be followed by an introduction to mediation, where the trainees will examine the underlying negotiation strategies and tactics (both bilateral and multilateral). The participants will have to simulate a mediation process, and negotiate with local stakeholders, government officials and other international organizations, defending their interests in the process. They will learn to mediate as an (impartial) actor between negotiating parties with conflicting interests. Furthermore, the participants will be introduced to other real-life case studies of mediation and dialogue processes (relevant to the context of Georgia) to draw on.
In addition, the course will discuss how conflict sensitivity impacts individual choices and how the do no harm principle can be applied in an international (civilian) crisis management mission environment. Finally, participants will reflect on using their knowledge in their work.
The course aims to enable participants to ameliorate their ability to:
- explain the critical elements of effective negotiation and mediation processes
- analyse conflict and the contexts in which they work
- choose the right tools and techniques that are applicable, available and suitable to the situation
- test their solid and weak competencies in applying the above and recognise the competencies of others