swisspeace, in collaboration with the University of Basel, offers a Preventing Violent Conflicts Course in Basel from 06 – 08 May 2020.
Despite increased international pressure and action to prevent violent conflicts and mass atrocities after the shocks of Rwanda and Srebrenica in the 1990s, the number of armed conflicts has increased in recent years. Whilst the wars in Syria, South Sudan or Ukraine differ with respect to the actors, driving factors and dynamics, they all raise the question of how violence and its escalation could have been prevented. The renewed attention to conflict prevention thus comes as no surprise, not only to prevent human suffering but also in light of cost-benefit-calculations: investing in prevention is more sensible than post-conflict reconstruction. This course provides insights into the concept of conflict prevention and explores how it relates to issues such as the prevention of violent extremism and mass atrocities. Based on lessons learnt and best practices, it examines practical tools such as early warning and early response as well as methods for applying conflict prevention in your work context.
In this course you will:
- understand the concept and principles of conflict prevention.
- explore the potential and practical application of conflict prevention methods and mechanisms such as early warning and early response in different contexts.
- draw lessons from other contexts and disciplines for your work.
- exchange experiences and become part of a community of practitioners.
Applications close on 29 February 2020.