Sinisa Vukovic

Sinisa Vukovic

Visiting Assistant Professor of Conflict Management
Conflict Management

Rome 407

Background and Education

Dr. Siniša Vuković is Assitant Professor for the Conflict Management Program and Global Policy Program at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also holds visiting professorships at the universities of Amsterdam, Leiden and Nijmegen. He received a PhD (cum laude) in International Relations and Conflict Resolution at Leiden University, an MA (cum laude) in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University and The Netherlands Institute of International Relations "Clingendael", and a BA (laurea) in Political Science from University of Rome "La Sapienza". He is the recipient of many research grants, including “Rubicon” from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). His research focuses on various forms of international conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation. He has published in journals such as Foreign Affairs, Washington Quarterly, Millennium Journal of International Studies, International Journal of Conflict Management, International Negotiation, Cooperation and Conflict, and Acta Politica, and contributed to several edited volumes with book chapters. His book "International Multiparty Mediation and Conflict Management" (2015) is published by Routledge. He has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses related to the field of conflict management, with a particular focus on the processes of negotiation and mediation.

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2015-04-14 00:00:00 
Fall 2015 
Examines bargai...
Examines bargaining and negotiations from the theoretical and policy perspectives in international diplomacy.  Emphasizes the impact of the negotiation process on the outcomes of negotiations in both theory and practice, including the role of individual negotiators, domestic politics, cultural context, and the international environment.  Considers ways in which negotiations may ameliorate conflicts of interest and identity in international politics.  Numerous case studies and simulation exercises will be utilized. Limited to 25 students.

Spring 2016 
The course prov...
The course provides an in-depth study of the current state of the art of international mediation. The aim is to systematically approach the various uses, techniques, and problems of using mediation as a form of third party intervention to manage, resolve, or transform international conflicts. The course will offer an analysis of the history and development of international mediation as a distinct form of conflict management. The students will also get familiar with various factors that affect both the process and the outcome of international mediation. Frist of all, the course will cover a variety of contextual factors that condition any process of international mediation, such as the nature of the dispute (i.e. levels of intractability, degree of violence used, and issues at stake), disputants’ characteristics (i.e. power symmetries and asymmetries in conflict, strategies and tactics used in conflict, and capacities to rally international support) and mediators’ characteristics (i.e. perceived credibility, reputation, bias, interests and leverage which they may employ in the dispute). Secondly, the course will also provide an analysis of various behavioral factors (i.e. mediation strategies) that affect the process and outcome of international mediation. Finally, the students will also study the importance of specific types of agreements that are reached through mediation and their particular impact on both the short and long run. After completing the course the students will be able to better analyze and understand international conflicts and indicate how and why international mediation takes place.