“How to Negotiate Across Cultures” Advanced One-Day Virtual Training with Miloš Strugar
February 21, 2023
Conflicts today are increasingly complex as they correlate with issues of culture and identity. Crucial obstacles to negotiation across cultures stem from perceptions, difficulties in communicating and understanding the other. The course will look into ways of approaching intractable cross-cultural conflicts, focus on common ground for intercultural and interreligious dialogue, and on exploring various methods for resolving cross-cultural conflicts through dialogue and negotiations, or third-party facilitation and mediation.
The advanced one-day online training program with Miloš Strugar will cover necessary skills and techniques to effectively engage and negotiate across cultures. Miloš Strugar, a high-ranking civilian officer with the United Nations Peacekeeping Department for over twenty years in various missions in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, will share various approaches, cases and methods based on his considerable experience with negotiating and facilitating dialogue in diverse cultural settings.
Special guest speaker, Alastair Crooke, will address the topic “Dialogue with Islamist Movements”. Mr. Crooke has extensive experience working with Hamas, Hezbollah and other Islamist movements in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is a member of UN Alliance of Civilizations Global Experts.
The participants will learn how to: negotiate across cultures; approach intractable identity, ethnic and religious issues; differentiate culture-driven negotiation styles and skills; apply communication skills and techniques in cross-cultural communication; understand the role of culture and a set of values in interpreting behavior and actions, and in meaning- making; identify common ground for intercultural and interreligious dialogue; deal with moral and political challenges related to cultural differences.
The training will consist of lectures and facilitated discussions. All activities are devised to be highly interactive through Q&A, group work, and hands-on exercises. A virtual space will be provided for group discussions and best practices and experience sharing among the participants.
The program is designed for senior level staff in peacekeeping operations, political and peacebuilding missions of the UN and regional organizations (AU, OSCE, EU, etc.), diplomats, those working in governments and non–governmental organizations.
The training will take place on Tuesday, 21st February 2023, from 09:00 – 17:00 CET (UTC+1), with a lunch break from 12:30 – 13:30, and two 15-minutes coffee breaks during each morning and afternoon session.
The training will take place via the online platform Zoom.
The number of participants is limited.
Registration is open until 17th February 2023 and can be done via the following link: https://www.confluxcenter.org/events/application-form/
The course fee is 500 USD.
The course is conducted in English and translation is not provided.