The Conflict Management Program focuses on mechanisms for handling international conflict, both between and within states, and developing cooperation. The program presents various theoretical approaches to understanding conflict and its causes, tools to manage conflicts, and the exploration of the formation and use of international organizations and regimes to mitigate conflict.
SAIS graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage.
“In spite of the end of the Cold War, conflict has not disappeared from international relations but continues to present itself in many parts of the world. The Conflict Management Program seeks to understand the causes of conflict internationally and within states and then consider the tools available to prevent conflicts from escalating to violence; to manage ongoing disputes and crises; to resolve the underlying causes of conflicts or at least transform them into nonviolent processes; and to assist in the construction of durable peace in the aftermath of conflict. Our program, I believe, is unique in its consideration and analysis of the range of conflicts in their various stages of evolution and in its attempt to develop a broad set of tools to manage the many diverse conflicts that threaten the security of both states and individuals around the world.”P. Terrence Hopmann, --Conflict Management
Twelve to 15 students selected through an essay application process participate in a research trip to a designated conflict or post-conflict region during the winter intersession. During the trip, students interview local government officials and representatives of the international community, NGOs, academia and the media in order to assess the role of the international community and prospects for progress in the region. Upon return, students prepare an extensive report of their analysis and conclusions.
Conflict Management Internships
An internship is highly recommended for Conflict Management students. A number of Washington, D.C., agencies offer internships each year in the field of conflict management. Consult the program office for information.
The program occasionally organizes an international conference on a topic related to conflict management. A series of lectures outside of courses and other various activities are held throughout the year.