Conflict Analysis

3 credits / 9 weeks weeks
6 Aug 2018 - 5 Oct 2018

Professor Balázs Kovács

This course introduces the theory and practice of conflict analysis, the methodical assessment of conflict – its history, causes, structure, actors, and dynamics.  
Conflict analysis is the fundamental tool of peace operations, especially peace-building, development work in areas of conflict, and medium to long-term humanitarian assistance. It provides the necessary understanding of the context in which these interventions take place, and point towards possible entry points where conflict dynamics may be affected by them. As such, conflict analysis should – ideally – be the basis of planning, implementation, and monitoring. Furthermore, it complements other types of analysis, such as needs analysis, or functions as precursor to others, like Do No Harm analysis. This course will concentrate on conflict analysis in the context of peace-building but the general principles, skills, and methods are applicable across the wider set of activities conducted in conflict-affected areas indicated earlier.

Balázs Kovács

Balázs Kovács currently serves as the Philippines programme manager of forumZFD, a German NGO working in the field of conflict transformation. Earlier he taught international relations at Webster University Thailand and peace and conflict studies at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and the Philippines. Balazs received his PhD degree in 2017 from the University of New England, Australia, in peace studies/politics and international studies. His research focuses on local-level peace-building, state theory, and state-society interactions of the violent kind.

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