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Durham Global Security Institute

Conflict Mediation

Course Date: 05 - 07 May 2016

Course Leader: Dr. Drew Mikhael - Post-doctoral Research Associate.

Dr. Mikhael is currently funded by the EU for this role and is examining the inclusion and exclusion of young people in the Middle East, analysing and summarising the lives of young people whilst factorising their civic, social and labour conditions.Once this analysis is concluded, he will then write policy prescriptions that try to help alleviate youth exclusion and then present his recommendations in a report to the EU. He has also been working as a consultant since 2014 and has worked alongside large international clients, including different branches of the United Nations, as well as smaller organisations such as the Samir Kassir Foundation, Siren Associates, Transformative Connections and Brehon Advisory in a range of development fields. Dr. Mikhael has performed a vast range of functions, from facilitating mediative dialogues with directors of NGOs and prepping funding proposals to making recommendations to the client’s practices to improve performance. Through his consultancy role he has provided advanced communication training focused on conflict analysis techniques and processes adopting mediation processes and principles.

Guest Lecturer: Enda Young - Trainer, Mediator and Consultant

Enda is a certified Mediator with the Mediator’s Institute of Ireland and has delivered a number of workshops in Brazil, Turkey, Thailand, Romania, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates on conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation. Enda is also a successful consultant and is Co-founder and Director of Transformative Connections which is a technology and research consultancy organisation promoting peacebuilding and positive social change. He provides training, research and consultancy to the public and private sectors in Northern Ireland.

Course Summary

Mediation can be described as a process of engagement by an outside third party into a conflict with the objective of facilitating dialogue and promoting negotiation with the objective of ending the violence and bringing the disputing parties to a dialogue table to talk about resolving their conflict. This course will focus on the operational skills and techniques necessary for mediation of violent conflict.

The first part of the course will look at mediation concepts and terminology, and locate mediation within the broader spectrum of intervention approaches such as arbitration, facilitation, negotiation, and reconciliation. Course participants will practice and refine foundational mediation skills using role plays based around personal and community conflict simulation exercises. The second part of the course will build on day one and look at international mediation, with a particular focus on ‘non-official’ mediation as examined through the lens of an international mediation simulation exercise.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • have developed and practiced skills and techniques necessary for effective mediation and have more confidence in their own mediation skills and capability
  • have an advanced knowledge of third-party mediation processes and how these are impacted upon by internal and external influences
  • be able to design a mediation process within an ethical framework that incorporates good practice and accountability

Course participants will be sent necessary briefing papers in advance of the workshop.

Course Outline

Friday 6th May

1. Mediation: Why Mediation? What is it? Definitions, Concepts, Terminology

2. Personal Mediation Skills and Qualities

3. Mediation Analysis Tools

4. A Mediation Process

5. Building a Mediation Team

6. Ethical Questions

7. Community Mediation Exercise

Saturday 7th May

1. International ‘non-official’ mediation case studies illustrating issues of: power imbalances; political violence; state-non/ state actors; legitimacy; access; strategies; sequencing; motivation; accountability

2. International Mediation Exercise

3. Debrief


Course Fees: £280 per course

What is included:

  • Tuition and course materials
  • Welcome dinner
  • Lunch and refreshments for Friday and Saturday
  • Saturday dinner
  • Bed and breakfast for two nights (additional nights can be secured at £50.00 per night)

Deadline for applications

Two weeks before the course commences.


Bursaries of £140 are available at the discretion of the Institute. Contact Dr Lorraine Holmes for details.


A non-refundable deposit of £200 must be paid with the booking, the balance is due on Friday the week

preceding the commencement of the course.

Once the deposit has been paid access will be given to the course website which includes preparatory

reading materials and a full programme.

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