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“Negotiating with Non-state Armed Groups” Advanced one-day training program with MILOS STRUGAR

October 6, 2022


Advanced one-day training program 


Thursday, 6th October 2022


Most armed conflicts today are internal in character, involving an array of non-state armed groups of diverse nature. Approximately 100 of these groups can be legally classified as parties to non-international armed conflicts, i.e., civil wars (source ICRC). Engagement with non-state armed groups with the aim of providing humanitarian assistance, protecting civilians and promoting human rights, is generally recognized and accepted. It is also widely argued that these groups should be engaged in mediation and facilitation efforts to manage or resolve armed conflict, although some legal and political challenges persist in this regard.


The advanced one-day online training program with Milos Strugar will focus on necessary skills and techniques to engage and negotiate with non-state armed groups. Milos Strugar, who spent over twenty years as a high-ranking civilian officer with the United Nations Peacekeeping Department in various missions in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, will share different approaches, cases and methods based on his considerable experience with facilitating and maintaining discreet and open dialogue with non-state armed groups.


Special guest speaker, Alastair Crooke, will address the topic “Working 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: analyse armed groups; open channels and create safe spaces for talks; turn talks into negotiations; negotiate across cultures; approach intractable identity, ethnic and religious issues; deal with obstacles and difficult counterparts; and address political, moral & legal challenges related to terrorist designations and anti-terrorism measures, sanctions lists and regimes.


The training will consist of lectures and facilitated discussions, and all the 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 Thursday, 6th October 2022, from 09:00 – 17:00, with a lunch break from 12:30 – 13:30, and two 15-minutes coffee breaks during each morning and afternoon session. The specified times are in accordance with CEST (Central European Summer Time) / UTC+2 (Coordinated Universal Time) time zone.

The training will take place via the online platform Zoom.

The number of participants is limited.

Conflux Center is organizing a complemental course Political Negotiation Theory and Practice  on the 26th – 29th September 2022.

The fee for this course is 900 EUR (1,150 USD). 


The fee for both courses is 1,200 EUR (1,400 USD)


Registration is open until 3rd October 2022 and can be done via the following link:

The course fee is 450 EUR (500 USD).

The course is conducted in English and translation is not provided.

All specified times are in accordance with the CET (Central European Time) / UTC+1 (Coordinated Universal Time) time zone.



October 6, 2022