Sinisa Vukovic

Sinisa Vukovic

Visiting Assistant Professor of Conflict Management
Conflict Management

Rome 415

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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Challenges of Cooperation and Coordination (Routledge Studies in Security and Conflict Management)
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This volume aims to provide a detailed explanation of the effects of cooperation and coordination on international multiparty mediation in conflicts.

Contemporary scholarship stresses that the crucial ingredients for a successful multiparty mediation are ‘consistency in interests’ and ‘cooperation and coordination’ between mediators. This book seeks to supplement that understanding by investigating how much the ‘consistency of interests’ and ‘cooperation and coordination’ affect the overall process, and what happens to the mediation process when mediating parties do not share the same idea and interest in finding a common solution. At the same time, it explores the obstacles in achieving coordination and coherence between various mediators in such an environment and how to surmount the problems that multiple mediators face when operating without a ‘common script’ in attempting to mediate a negotiated settlement.

The study investigates three distinct mechanisms (both on the systemic and contextual level) that have the potential to deter defection from a (potential) member of the multiparty mediation coalition: geo-political shifts, changes in the conflict dynamics, and mediators’ ability to bargain for a cooperative relationship. As the number of states and international actors that are involved in mediation increases, a careful assessment is necessary not only of their relative institutional strengths and weaknesses, but also of how to promote complementary efforts and how to synchronize the whole process when one actor is transferring the responsibilities for mediation to others.

This book will be of much interest to students of mediation, conflict management, war and conflict studies, security studies and IR.

Fall 2018 
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 2019 
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.
Spring 2019 
Seminar within ...
Seminar within which students research and write their program paper, a publishable quality paper normally 30-40 pages in length, on a research topic selected in consultation with the course instructor; these paper may build upon papers submitted in prior courses, buth they should entail considerable additional research and analysis.  The seminar will provide a general introduction to issues or research design, focusing on the relationship between conflict management theory and empirical research regarding conflict prevention, management, resolution, and post-conflict peace-building.  All students will make oral presentations about their research design to the seminar in order to receive early feedback from the instructor and fellow students.  Drafts of the research paper must be submitted by the end of the first full week in April.  Papers must be accepted and course requirements must be completed prior to graduation; candidates for honors must have their papers approved prior to scheduling the oral examination, normally no later than May 1, so almost finished drafts must be submitted by April 1 by all students planning to take the honors oral examination.