Student report: Graciela Margareta Correia Magno, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation training programme with ICCS (2017)

The training Program in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation addressed the alternative approaches that have been overlooked for ages. Previously, the war or cooperation was perceived as the result of rational thinking of political actors. However, it is not always the case. According to Dr. Tereza Capelos’s research, physiological aspects has significantly affecting the political judgement and decision. The background, experienced and emotion of political actors influence the result of political process. Furthermore, in the peace process according to Dr.Naomi Head, showing the empathy playing crucial role in the successful of peace negotiation. The empathy helps to build trust among the actors that involved in peace negotiation.  For negotiator, it showings our understanding of their problem and suffering without taking side and maintain the neutrality. Moreover, for the warring parties the empathy may reduce the hostility relationship and can facilitate the peace process because it helps them to look for the opponent party needs, suffering and position.

Through the negotiation simulation, the scale and type of conflict determine the strategy and the time length of negotiation. We started from the family, community, national and then international level. The bigger the scale of conflict the more complex the problem and required comprehensive approach to resolve.

Graciela Margareta Correia Magno, International Development (Conflict, Security and Development) MSc/GDip

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