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“New Trends And Actors In Geopolitics – Emerging Challenges For Political Advisers And Political Affairs Officers” Virtual Course 2nd Edition

May 29, 2020 - May 31, 2020

Virtual training course for political advisors and political affairs officers


29th – 31st May 2020


Topics: influence of information and digital technologies, sources of information, building rapport and network management, internal and external coordination and cooperation, negotiation, inter-cultural dialogue, talking to non-state armed groups, communications with the media, information and reputation management


The overall objective of the course is 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 work effectively with the emerging challenges, new trends and actors in geopolitics.


A prerequisite for attending the course is that one of the courses “How To Manage The Political Dimension In Peacemaking, Peacekeeping And Peacebuilding” has been completed, as the course will build on the knowledge and skills acquired during the previous course. If the applicant feels that they already possess relevant knowledge and skills and would like to apply for the this course only, please submit a short letter stating this.


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 course will also cover the topics of political reporting, speech writing, public speaking, talking with governments and non-state armed groups, negotiation, internal and external coordination and cooperation…


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, AU, EU, OSCE 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 be conducted virtually via Zoom software. 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, 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 Officers: Visnja Jovancevic, Conflux Center

Emilija Maric, Conflux Center

Duration: 29th – 31st May 2020


Upon online registration, which will remain open till 19th May 2020, participants will receive an invoice, pre-course reading material and all necessary information on how to use Zoom, as well as any assistance they might need. Pre-course reading material and additional reading will also be available on a designated Google drive. Instructions on how to use Zoom will also be presented during the introduction sessions of the course.


In order to join the virtual training, all attendees should have access to the internet and a personal computer (laptop), with an operational web-cam and microphone (external or internal). A stable internet connection is essential in order to minimize the chances of stutter or disconnecting. It is advisable that the participants download the Zoom application (free of charge). They can also join a meeting directly from their browser, but the meeting experience from the browser is limited. The participants will receive all necessary information in the joining instructions prior to the start of the course.


Course fees:

The fee for the May 22-24 course is 550 EUR (660 USD)

The fee for the May 29-31 course is 650 EUR (780 USD)

The fee for both courses is 1.000 EUR (1.200 USD)


Conflux Center alumni are eligible for 20% discount.


Partial subsidy could be available at later stage. Those interested in partial subsidy should send CV and motivation letter not later than 19 May 2020 to


The participants should be relieved of their regular work duties for the duration of the course.

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

After completing the course, training certificates in PDF will be issued, and a hard copy can be sent via post if requested.

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


The course timing is in accordance to current CEST (Central European Summer Time). CEST is one of the well-known names of UTC+2 time zone which is 2h. ahead of UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).

The time offset from UTC can be written as +02:00.






May 29, 2020
May 31, 2020