“How To Manage The Political Dimension in Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding” Course


A Course for Political Advisers and Political Affairs Officers


Aim of the Course:
To train political advisers and political affairs officers serving in peacekeeping operations, political and peacebuilding missions by enhancing their specific knowledge and skills, and enabling them to develop a deeper understanding of ways to manage the political dimension in a conflict or post-conflict environment.


The course program is designed for mid and senior level political advisors and political affairs officers working in international organizations headquarters and field operations (UN, EU, OSCE, AU, etc.), and those working in governments, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, or preparing to serve in peace operations and in diplomatic service.


The course will cover two complementary aspects – operational activities in conflict prevention, management and resolution (mediation, negotiation, provision of advice, building rapport and network management, internal and external coordination and cooperation…), as well as conventional diplomatic activities (political reporting, speech writing, strategic planning, liaison with member states,…).


Particular attention will be paid to bringing the aspect of culture into political analysis, strategies and activities, with a view to enhancing the necessary skills to establish and maintain an effective inter-cultural dialogue.


Special focus will be placed on the influence of information and digital technologies on the scope of work of political advisors and political affairs officers, including opportunities and risks (cyber diplomacy, conflict analysis, use of social media, cyber security…).


The course will also address the role and required skills of political advisors and political affairs officers related to communications with the media, as well as information and reputation management.


The training will consist of lectures and facilitated discussions by senior experts and practitioners in the field (former head of UN missions, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Military and Police Commanders, Ambassadors, and Senior Political Advisors), as well as simulation exercises, role play and case studies, which will comprise over 50% of the course. A space will be provided for group discussions and best practices and experience sharing among the participants under the guidance of the senior mentors.

Course Information

Senior Mentors: Ambassador Milos Strugar, UN Senior Mediation Advisor

Julian Harston, UN Assistant Secretary-General (Ret.)

Ambassador Svein Sevje (Ret.)

Ambassador Amr Aljowaily

Vladimir Radunovic, Director Cybersecurity and E-diplomacy Programmes, DiploFoundation

Nathan Forsdyke, International Security Consultant

Course Director: Goran Topalović, Director of Operations, Conflux Center
Project Officer: Visnja Jovancevic, Conflux Center
Venue: Hotel M, Bulevar Oslobodjenja 56a, Belgrade, Serbia
Duration: 3rd  – 8th November 2019


Course Fee:  1,650 EUR (1,900 USD)

The course fee will include:

training activities

administrative materials

fireside chat and cocktails  

sightseeing tour of Belgrade

official dinners

opening and closing ceremonies

Hotel M offers the course participants a special rate of 96,00 EUR/day, including accommodation, all meals and transportation from and to the airport. 



The course is conducted in English and there will be no translation to other languages.



Conflux Center is not responsible for any health care expenses, individual travel, medical and other insurance.

It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure that they acquire any necessary visas for their travel.



For further details about the course, please contact us at:

office@confluxcenter.org  or  +381 65 3081976



Course Information
  • Course Id:Course Dates: 3-8 November 2019
  • Room:Location: Hotel-M, Belgrade, Serbia