To coincide with this year’s training programme in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation, the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security has launched a competition to offer a free place on the 5-day programme, worth £300.

We invite people to submit a 500-800 article on: 'Tensions, Conflicts and Passions: Exploring Conflict and Transforming International Relations in Theory and Practice'.

The articles will be assessed by our selection panel, and the winning author will receive a free place on this year’s training programme, which will take place from 11-15 April 2016. The article will be published on the ICCS website.

You can read the winning articles from previous competitions in 2014 and 2015.

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Thursday 04 March 2016. Entrants will be notified as soon as possible after this date. Please send all submissions to Catherine Edwards:

The competition is open to all; there are no restrictions on applying.

Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation is a 5-day professional training programme on the role of mediation in managing and transforming political conflicts, ranging from regional territorial disputes to international diplomacy between global powers. The programme will explore how people can develop trust and empathy with their adversaries, and how this can transform conflicts at local, regional, or state levels.

Participants will receive:

  • Practical training in communication and mediation skills with the Birmingham-based NGO Responding to Conflict
  • Specialist lectures with internationally-renowned academics
  • Networking with high level practitioners in the field of conflict resolution
  • Professional development though a Harvard role play simulation game