A bit different understanding of the context and dynamics of a conflict can determine the effectiveness with which you intervene, help you untangle the often unintended consequences of any actions or policies, prevent any harm from being done, and help determine future priorities for program development. This course is an introduction to the process of conflict analysis. Participants will be introduced to two analytical tools that will help them identify emerging threats of conflict and opportunities for managing or resolving a conflict, and they will be given the chance to apply these tools to different cases and relevant problem-based scenarios. It differentiates among the various stages of the Curve of Conflict and practice mapping the generation, escalation and resolution of intrastate and international conflicts.


1. Conflict in the Contemporary World

In this topic, we explore the importance of conflict analysis in today’s world and how the nature of conflict and trends in deadly violence have changed since World War II.
2. Conflict Analysis as a Leadership Tool

In this topic, we delve into ideas such as the difference between a conflict assessment and conflict analysis, the importance of active listening, and the concept of “Do No Harm.”
3. States and Dimensions of Conflict

This chapter examines two specific frameworks for conflict analysis: the “cycle of conflict” and the “curve on conflict.” Various components of these analytical frameworks will then be discussed further, such as: the difference between conflict prevention, management and transformation, the root causes and structural causes of conflict, and trigger events.
4. The USIP Conflict Assessment Framework

This topic explores the various stages and components of the USIP Conflict Assessment Framework.
5. The Art of Listening

This topic investigates the importance of listening when conducting a conflict analysis.

6. Mathematical Description

This topic provides a matrix-based analysis and resolution of conflicts.

7. Decision-Making in Engineering

Application in real-life situations.



Each topic is covered in a two-hour meeting for a total of  14 hours.