Conflict Analysis

2 credits / 6 weeks weeks
5 Aug 2024 - 15 Sep 2024

Professor Balázs Kovács

This course introduces the theory and practice of conflict analysis, the methodical assessment of conflict – its history, causes, structure, actors, and dynamics.   
Conflict analysis is the fundamental tool of peace operations, especially peace-building, development work in areas of conflict, and medium to long-term humanitarian assistance. It provides the necessary understanding of the context in which these interventions take place, and point towards possible entry points where conflict dynamics may be affected by them. As such, conflict analysis should – ideally – be the basis of planning, implementation, and monitoring. Furthermore, it complements other types of analysis, such as needs analysis, or functions as precursor to others, like Do No Harm analysis. This course will concentrate on conflict analysis in the context of peace-building but the general principles, skills, and methods are applicable across the wider set of activities conducted in conflict-affected areas indicated earlier.

Balázs Kovács

Balázs Áron Kovács is an independent peace-building consultant. Earlier he was the Country Director in the Philippines of forumZFD – Forum Civil Peace Service, a German NGO working in the field of conflict transformation. He completed his PhD at the University of New England, Australia in Peace Studies/Politics and International Studies. Prior to this he worked as an instructor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the UN-mandated University for Peace, as a programme officer at Freedom House Europe, a Washington DC-based NGO, and a civil servant at the Hungarian Ministry of Justice. He also holds a Juris Doctorate from the Faculty of Law and Political Science, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, and a Master’s Degree in International Peace Studies from the University for Peace.

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