This programme empowers actors and practitioners from development, security and other peace and security related institutional backgrounds involved in international peace-building with the knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable them to provide leadership to reduce and ultimately eliminate violent conflict.
This master's programme will provide a challenging learning experience for those who wish to develop and integrate mediation and negotiation knowledge and skills with their awareness of wider conflict and development issues while providing students with a critical insight of the entire spectrum of international conflict intervention.
The main theme of the programme will be an integrated and comprehensive approach to the the nexus of peacebuilding, security and development. With increased awareness of the importance of these interlinkages has come increased demands on national and international institutions to respond in a holistic way. In the field, security actors are required to have a better understanding and greater skills in engaging with local communities, institutions and organizations at the local level, while development practitioners recognise a skills deficit with respect to conflict resolution and mediation and are increasingly expected to understand and engage with representatives of multifaceted agencies and communities, particularly when anticipating or responding to the consequences of complex crises.
Students will develop
•Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, including ability to analyse and articulate the violent conflict dimension of complex issues that require an integrated and comprehensive response.
•Demonstrated problem-solving skills and judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex and unusual issues/problems and in developing innovative and creative solutions.
•Ability to negotiate and to influence others to reach agreement.
•Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to interventions in violent conflict.
The programme describes the process of negotiating and implementing peace agreements and security actors and international interventions, drawing in senior personnel experienced in peacekeeping/ peace making and security operations. It also explores the notion of partner and aid donors, the contribution of international organisations and cooperation with key strategic partners and the use of broad development instruments in support of conflict prevention and peace building.
In addition, the programme applies Mediation and Dialogue skills throughout phases of conflict including:
- Early identification of risk of violent conflict, and closing the gap to early action;
- Improved understanding and analysis of conflict situations (root causes, actors and dynamics);
- Enhanced identification of the range of options for international action;
- Conflict-sensitive programming of external assistance;
- Promotion of rule of law and security
The programme is a collaboration between the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention and the Dept of International Development. Both the Kennedy Institute and Dept of International Development are uniquely positioned to lead the design and development of an Executive level programme that draws together high level input from mediators, negotiators, security and development personnel. The Kennedy Institute leverages existing institutional linkages at European (EU – European Security and Defence College)and pan-regional levels (such as the Think Tank of Network members of Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) to ensure the programme is a relevant learning intervention. Students will also benefit from the capacity of the Dept of International Development, Maynooth University through its collaborative relationship with Kimmage Development Studies Centre, to provide experienced development practitioners and educators who will deliver modules related to humanitarian and development response at the policy and practitioner level, while the part-time / blended learning option will allow students to access a range of on-line modules from anywhere in the world.
Completion of the module, Mediation Knowledge and Practice provides the basis for the opportunity to take a Mediation Competency Assessment and on successfully passing this assessment, the student is in a position to apply for Certified Status with the Mediators Institute of Ireland.