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Spring 2019
Jun 18, 2019
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MSFS 526 - Intrnl Mediation:Strat/Meth
This seminar explores the role of mediation as an instrument of conflict management and a foreign policy technique. Students will consult both theoretical and case study materials, and become adept at analyzing the suitability of diverse mediatory approaches and actors to concrete conflict situations at diverse stages of the conflict life cycle, using a five-phase model of mediation tradecraft. Adopting the mediator’s perspective, they will address the challenge of how to design and conduct mediation as a form of third party intervention in violent international conflict. The course will identify and explore strategies and tactics used at different points to overcome obstacles to a mediated settlement in intractable conflicts. Mediation analysis exercises will be used to illustrate the perspectives of mediators and conflict parties, and to introduce the phased model of mediation strategy.

Course Requirements: 
There will be two mediation analysis memos assigned (take-home papers, 20% each). Students will prepare briefings on assigned cases and participate in classroom discussion and in-class exercises (20%). Each student will research and present on at least one ‘mini-case’ and one ‘mediation concepts’ reading. A final written paper (in memo format, 10-page max) will address a current peace process (case scenario to be distributed in final class meeting) (40%).
Primary cases (all students): Kashmir, Western Sahara, Cyprus, Syria, Northern Ireland, Middle East (Oslo and recent phase), Colombia, Sudan, Philippines
‘Mini-cases’: Turkey/Qatar/Norway mediation, Namibia-Angola, Aceh #1 and #2, Sri Lanka, Nagorno-Karabakh, Iraq, Kosovo, Basque-Spain, Cyprus (again), Guatemala, Angola-Mozambique comparison, Kenya, OSCE (Ukraine)

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Juris Doctor
Schedule Types: Seminar

MS in Foreign Service Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      Juris Doctor
      MN or MC Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Foreign Service
      Law/Foreign Service

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