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

October 26, 2020 - October 31, 2020

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

Course Director: Goran Topalović, Director of Operations, Conflux Center
Project Officer: Visnja Jovancevic, Conflux Center
Venue: Hotel M, Bulevar Oslobodjenja 56a, Belgrade, Serbia
Duration: 26th – 31st October 2020


Course Fee:  1,650 EUR (1,900 USD)


The course fee will include:

training activities

administrative materials

Fireside chat

sightseeing tour of Belgrade

official dinner

reception, opening and closing ceremonies


Partial subsidy could be available at later stage if additional funding is provided. Those interested in partial subsidy should send CV and Motivation letter not later than 31st July to


Upon online registration participants will receive the invoice, joining  instructions, course program and all other necessary information, as well as any assistance they might need.


Please be informed that Hotel M (the venue) offers the course participants a special rate of 96,00 EUR/day, all meals and transportation from and to the airport included. In order to receive the special rate you will have to contact the hotel directly and request the application from hotel’s booking service at (do not make an online reservation), and provide your travel itinerary in order for the hotel to arrange your pick up from the airport.

Please emphasize any dietary or special food requests!

Those who decide to stay in a hotel other than Hotel M, please be informed that taxis are available in front of the airport and can cost up to 20 EUR for the trip anywhere in Belgrade. The only accepted currency is the dinar (exchange rate is approximately 117,50 dinars for 1,00 EUR). Credit cards are widely accepted.


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


    Holders of foreign passports having a valid Schengen, UK and other EU

    Member States’ visa, or visa of the United States of America, and for

    holders of foreign passports having residence permit in the countries of

    the Schengen area, EU or the United States of America may, without prior

    visa application, enter, transit or stay in the Republic of Serbia up to

    90 days during a six-month period, but not exceeding the expiring date

    of the said visas or residence permits. Also, holders of UN Passports do

    not need visas for visits of up to 90 days.


    You can check whether you need an entry visa for the Republic of Serbia



  Conflux Center is not responsible for any health care expenses. Health insurance and medical requirements depend on where the participants are residing, in accordance to Serbian laws, and are the personal responsibility of each participant. All participants should have adequate insurance.

    Conflux Center reserves the right to modify the course dates and location at any time.


For further details about the course, please contact us at:  or  +381 65 3081976




October 26, 2020
October 31, 2020


Conflux Center
+381 (0) 63 77 97 498


Hotel M, Belgrade, Serbia
Bulevar Oslobođenja 56a
Belgrade, 11000 Serbia
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