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Negotiations and Conflict Resolution



This course familiarizes students with theoretical approaches and various concepts in negotiation analysis and conflict resolution. We deal with a variety of approaches dealing with peace and security and ways to stop or prevent (violent) conflict. We study literature analyzing different types of negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution and explore how international organizations, including the United Nations and its Security Council, deal with current global challenges to peace and security. A final component of the course is the study of how the Security Council might be adapted in view of current global power relations.

Course objectives

The course aims to help students understand concepts of negotiation and conflict resolution and to demonstrate how different approaches can be used to help solve (violent) conflict in practice. In addition to this, the course aims to help students understand how the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) operates and how it might be reformed in view of current global power constellations.


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Mode of instruction

The course is taught in seminar format. Active participation by students and an interactive teaching style are central to the course.

Course Load

5 EC

Assessment method

Students will be assessed on the basis of the following elements:

  • short essays (40 percent total),

  • a presentation (10 percent),

  • a final research paper (40 percent)

  • class participation (10 percent).


On the Blackboard course site, student will find all relevant information for this course and reading materials not available via Leiden University’s electronic library holdings (such as academic manuscripts and research papers)..

Reading list

Journal articles, manuscripts and academic research papers.

Registration TBA


Prof. dr. Madeleine Hosli