Critical Skills Certificate
The critical skills courses build on the concepts and tools highlighted in the foundation courses, and link what are the basic issues and structures of a conflict. The courses are focused on essential skills and capacities of conflict management necessary for building peace. A key pillar of conflict management is the art of negotiation.
Negotiation: Shaping the Conflict Landscape is a course that enables participants to learn how to plan and prepare for a negotiation as well as useful bargaining tactics they can employ in almost any context. Students will learn what makes for effective negotiations and the importance of strong communication skills. Building off of negotiating skills, mediation is a particularly important role in peacebuilding.
In the course on Mediating Violent Conflict, participants analyze the key principles of mediation and compare strategies and tactics, including learning what it takes to structure a successful mediation effort.
Civil Resistance and the Dynamics of Nonviolent Movements is premised on the established assumption that non-violent means of political, economic and social change are much more effective than the resort to violence. The course provides a multidisciplinary perspective on nonviolent, civilian-based movements and campaigns that defend and obtain basic rights and justice around the world, and in so doing can transform the global security environment. In addition, two courses focus on governance because weak and failing governments are often structural causes of conflict and good governance is a critical pillar of building sustainable peace.
Thus, Good Governance After Conflict: Guiding Principles enables participants to learn how to develop effective strategies for establishing stable institutions and a robust civil society in transitional environments while Good Governance After Conflict: Building Institutions for Reform—provides an overview of key considerations with regard to specific sectors and institutions when working in transition environments, and help practitioners and policymakers determine effective strategies for achieving good governance after conflict.