The Practical Certificate in International Conflict Management -Prevention, Diplomacy and Mediation- 

NPSIA-PT&D is pleased to announce the 4-half day pilot of the Practical Certificate in International Conflict Management -Prevention, Diplomacy and Mediation- workshop that examines techniques in applied prevention, diplomacy and peaceful mediation.

Increased attention is now being paid to pre-emptive, low-risk, and cost-effective action that addresses emerging crises before they escalate into violence. In this environment, practitioners, policymakers, researchers and government officials would all benefit from deepening their skill-set to gain a better understanding of how diplomacy and mediation can be applied to better manage conflict around the globe.

Dates: Tuesday, November 23 to Friday, November 26, 2021.

Registration: registration is now closed.

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Location: Online
Times: 1 PM to 4 PM ET daily
Fee: Early registration: $ 650.00 + HST until November 3, 2021.  $ 800 .00 + HST thereafter.
NPSIA and NPSIA-Alumni, and Ottawa Diplomatic Association members: $ 700.00 + HST.

About this workshop:

In what is an evolving professional domain, this workshop will examine contemporary concepts and methods presently employed in conflict prevention work. This includes looking at international conflict through a gender-focused lens. Participants will be introduced to the topic of conflict prevention through a comprehensive framework that links Early Warning methodology to possible responses and actions. The program then identifies the most relevant skills and tools for conflict prevention, including communication and problem-solving, and how they may be employed through diplomacy and mediation in a holistic, multi-sector, multilevel approach. The workshop demonstrates practical ways to apply this methodology on the ground, locally, and at the wider international level.

Included in the workshop are examples of operational and structural prevention plus a review of research and lessons from contemporary cases that highlight the relationship between security, gender and development, and the critical role of local actors. Learning will occur through a combination of case studies, interactive exercises, and group discussion over the course of 4 online sessions (3 hours each) to run from 1 PM to 4 PM Eastern Time, daily.

What you will learn:

  • Introduction to Early Warning (EW) methodologies and their application to International Conflict Management.
  • Understand how EW methods inform prevention policies and actions, and examine how EW tools provide practical assistance to conflict, and third-party, decision-makers.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills using a gender lens when assessing international conflict and how it may be employed to facilitate conflict prevention.
  • Introduction to international norms on gender including the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination (CEDAW) and UNSCR 1325, and their application in conflict prevention and mediation.
  • Explore the role of mediation and diplomacy in preventing emerging international conflicts.
  • Learn about the comparative advantages of different types of mediation (e.g., Track 1, 1.5, 2 and 3) and their application.
  • Importance and application of communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in international conflict management.
  • Assess the utility and value of adopting a whole-of-problem approach to preventing violent international conflict.

Who should attend?

This workshop is ideal for diplomats, government officials supporting international dispute and conflict management mechanisms, personnel working in development assistance portfolios, armed forces and peace-keeping personnel, researchers, policy analysts, NGO workers, and individuals seeking to introduce themselves to conflict prevention methods and concepts.

Featured Instructors:
Dr. David Carment, Dr. Evan Hoffman and Dr. Timea Spitka with guest presenter Professor John Packer.

Dr. David Carment is a full Professor of International Affairs at NPSIA and Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI). He is also a NATO Fellow and listed in Who’s Who in International Affairs. He is principal investigator for the Country Indicators for Foreign Policy project working on fragile states (

Dr. Evan Hoffman is an international consultant and conflict prevention educator. He has published numerous articles on the themes of conflict prevention and resolution, peace building, peacemaking and mediation. He has provided consulting, education and training services for Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the Carter Center, the UN, the EU, the Ottawa Police Service, St. Lawrence College (Cornwall), and the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice.

Dr. Timea Spitka has worked for international and regional organizations including the United Nations, Oxfam, the European Union and the Rand Corporation. Dr Spitka has published on international norms, gender, human security and conflict transformation and has taught numerous classes and workshops overseas and in Canada.

Guest presenter Prof. John Packer is the inaugural Neuberger-Jesin Professor of International Conflict Resolution in the Faculty of Law and Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa. He was an inter-governmental official for 20 years (UNHCR, ILO, OHCHR, UNDPA, OSCE) and has advised numerous governments, communities and other actors in over fifty countries.