International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

      

About The Field

This Field examines the causes of and non-violent strategies and approaches to managing and resolving conflict in the international context. We consider negotiation to be a basic life skill and an important foundation for any work in international affairs, and the approaches of conflict resolution can be adopted by managers and decision-makers in all career paths. It is a perspective that combines strategic analysis with constructive approaches to problem-solving.

The program is inherently multidisciplinary and includes:

  • Concepts and skills of negotiation, for use in diplomacy, business, and law
  • Methods of third-party intervention, from mediation to coercion
  • New approaches to international intervention, recognizing the roles played by the coordination of political, military, and non-governmental actors
  • Crisis management and arms limitations, as modes of containing or preventing conflict
  • In-depth analysis of specific contexts in which conflict must be managed, such as trade, environmental and resource issues, international organizations, business ventures, as well as in struggles of war and peace.
  • All students receive a foundational education in the processes of international negotiation. Using exercises and simulations, students examine such issues as the problems of inducing parties to negotiate, the roles of culture and power, multilateral negotiation, and the implementation of negotiated agreements.

    In addition to the academic courses, the program offers a non-credit mediation practicum, in which students receive 32 hours of mediation training and then apprentice with experienced mediators in local small claims courts.

Academics

Core Requirements for the Field

The required course for the International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Field of Study is D223: Conflict Resolution Theory. To constitute the field, in addition to D223 a student must choose a minimum of two additional course credits from the list of electives below.

Elective Courses

We encourage you to download our course catalog to get a better understanding of Fletcher, our curriculum, and our students.

Alumni

Sophia Dawkins Fletcher
Katarina Zivanovic, The Fletcher School
Elia Boggia Fletcher
Sophia Dawkins
MALD 11
Conflict Dynamics International,
Program Officer in Peacebuilding

   Read Sophia's story

Katarina Zivanovic
MALD 11
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia,
Third Secretary

   Read Katarina's story

Elia Boggia
MALD 13
Public Information Officer,
United Nations Support Mission
in Libya - Tripoli, Libya

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Outside the Classroom

  • Corporations and Human Rights: Accountability Mechanisms for Dispute Resolution
  • Disarming, Demobilizing and Reintegrating the Kurdistan Worker's Party
  • Negotiating Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration - A discussion of the Lord's Resistance Army and Uganda
  • Azerbaijan: Challenges and Opportunities
  • The Role of Negotiation and Mediation in Global Conflict Management
  • The Application of Complexity Science to Peacebuilding and Conflict Analysis
  • Israelis and Palestinians: What Trajectory for the Future?
  • Northern Ireland Since the Good Friday Agreement
  • Book lecture on South Sudan: A Slow Liberation with Edward Thomas
  • Sudan Book Launch and Lecture: A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts
  • The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Future of Zionism: The Meaning of the March 2015 Israeli Elections
  • The Curse of a Holy Land: Negotiating Visions for Palestine and the Palestinians
  • The Entrepreneur and the Intifada: Resolving the Israel-Palestine Deadlock
  • Changing American Public Attitudes Toward the Middle East
  • CARE International - Arua, Uganda
  • Center for Dialogue and Reconciliation - Gurgaon, India
  • INCORE - Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • Manos de Madres - Kigali, Rwanda
  • International Crisis Group - Beijing, China
  • US Department of State, Bureau of Conflict & Stabilization Operations - Washington, DC
  • Search for Common Ground - Yangon, Burma
  • The Advocacy Project - Lima, Peru
  • Mercy Corps - Bamako, Mali
  • Concur Inc. Environmental Conflict Resolution - San Francisco, CA
  • UN Peacebuilding Support Office - Washington, DC
  • US Department of State, Conflict Stabilization Operations - Washington, DC
  • "How to Evaluate Non-State Actors for Political and Military Partnerships in Irregular Conflicts: A Case Study of the Free Syrian Army"
  • "Demystifying the Sponsor-Proxy Relationship: The Case of Syria and its Armed Groups"
  • "Where Peace Begins: The Role of Local People and Communities in Transforming Economies of War"
  • "Mediating Constitutional Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina: An Analysis of Three Constitutional Reform Attempts"
  • "The Right to a Fair Trial in States of Emergencies: Non-Derogable Aspects of Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights"
  • "Complementing Constitutionalism: Exploring Post-Conflict Constitution Drafting Processes as a Tool for Peacebuilding"
  • "Drivers of Conflict Around Hydropower Development in the Brazilian Amazon"
  • "Talking with the Taliban: The Importance of Timing to Negotiations in Afghanistan"
  • "Establishing Proactive Peacebuilding as Norm of Religious Leadership: The Case of Muslim Leaders in Ghana"
  • "Private Shoes for Public Benefit: Evaluating a Reintegration Program in Colombia"
  • "Rehumanization and Resilience: The Peacebuilding Role of Music in Contexts of Forced Migration"
  • "Mass Atrocity Prevention in the Twenty-First Century: Assessing the Risk for Violence in Burundi and Examining Options for US Government Policy
  • Converging Policies and Competing Interests: Securitized Migration Policies in the European Union and their Impact on Conflict-Affected Migrants"
  • The Fletcher Mediation Practicum
  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Club
  • The Fletcher Syria Crisis Working Group
  • Human Rights Project

A Fletcher education is highly customizable, and each student may decide on a different academic trajectory to suit his or her own professional and academic goals. To get a better sense of how these individual curricular decisions can play out, we asked recent students in their final semester to talk about their goals, their classes, and the decisions made during their Fletcher career. Meet Mark:

Pre-Fletcher Experience International Admissions Counselor, Wake Forest University
Fulbright Fellow, Andorra

Fields of Study

International Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
Role of Religion in International Affairs (Self-designed)

Capstone Topic

Recalibrating Development: Proposing a Framework for State-driven Diaspora Development

Post-Fletcher Professional Goals

I have a particular interest in working in US-African relations and learning better ways to coordinate diplomatic affairs with civil society. At the moment, I would like to serve as an employee of the US government, but am open to working in other sectors if a position opens up which furthers my professional and personal goals.

Read about Mark's curricular path.

Learn From The Experts: Fletcher Faculty

Nadim Rouhana, Professor of International Negotiation and Conflict Studies at The Fletcher School"The Boston area offers the student of negotiation and conflict resolution an impressive array of opportunities."

Nadim Rouhana, Professor of International Negotiation and Conflict Studies, Director of the International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program

Other faculty with expertise in the field:

Eileen Babbitt Antonia Chayes Diana Chigas Ian Johnstone
Eileen Babbitt Antonia Chayes Diana Chigas Ian Johnstone
Kelly Sims Gallagher
Kelly Sims
Gallagher