NPSIA-PT&D is pleased to announce the 2-day pilot of The Practical Certificate in International Conflict Prevention workshop offered in cooperation with the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN).

With the United Nations recent focus on conflict prevention, increased attention is now being paid to pre-emptive, low-risk, and cost-effective interventions that address emerging crises before they escalate into violence.   In what is an evolving professional domain, this new workshop will examine contemporary concepts and methods presently employed in conflict prevention work.

Registration: registration is now open.  Please download the registration form here.

Dates: Thursday October 25 and Friday October 26, 2018
Location: Richcraft Hall, Carleton University
Times: 9 AM to 4 PM daily
Parking: available on campus.
Fee: Early registration: $ 600.00 + HST.  $ 800 .00 + HST thereafter. NPSIA and NPSIA-Alumni, and Ottawa Diplomatic Association members: $ 700.00 + HST.

About this workshop:

Participants will be introduced to the topic of conflict prevention through a comprehensive framework that links Early Warning methodology to the various stages of the Early Response process.  The program then identifies the most relevant skills and tools for conflict prevention and how they may be employed in a holistic, multi-sectoral, multi-level intervention. 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 recent research and lessons from a demonstration case in West Africa that highlight the relationship between security and development, and the role of local actors.  Learning will occur through a combination of case studies, interactive exercises, and group discussion.

What you will learn:

  • Intro to different Early Warning (EW) methodologies
  • The difference between Structural and Operational conflict prevention
  • 4 stages for effective Early Response (ER)
  • The role of technology in EW and ER
  • The important role women play in conflict prevention
  • Best practices for designing EW-ER mechanisms
  • Design, Monitoring & Evaluation (DME) approaches and challenges
  • A model for a Whole-of-Problem Approach to Preventing Violent Conflict

Who should attend?

This workshop is ideal for armed forces personnel, diplomats, government officials, researchers, policy analysts, NGO workers, and all professionals seeking to introduce themselves to conflict prevention methods and concepts.

Featured Instructors:
Dr. Evan Hoffman and Dr. David Carment

Dr. Evan Hoffman is a Senior Associate at the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN). He has provided consulting services to Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the Carter Center, the UN, the EU, the Ottawa Police Service, St. Lawrence College (Cornwall), the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice and others. Over the last ten years, he’s conducted workshops and training with hundreds of community leaders, university students, police officers, and government officials from around the world.

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.   David has served as Director of the Centre for Security and Defence Studies at Carleton University and is the recipient of a Carleton Graduate Student’s teaching excellence award.  He is principal investigator for the Country Indicators for Foreign Policy project working on fragile states, aid allocation, conflict prevention, sequencing interventions and democracy and governance (see