Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation is a five day training programme focused on the role of mediation in managing and transforming political conflicts.


This masters-level course explores how people can develop trust and empathy with their adversaries, and how this can transform conflicts at local, regional, or state levels.

The programme offers a unique blend of theory and practice. It draws on cutting edge research in the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security, including recent work on Trusting Enemies: Interpersonal Relationships in International Conflict. It also incorporates our interdisciplinary focus on Political Psychology to explore the role of emotions on crises and conflicts.

Key issues

  • How can individuals and societies transcend the historical memory of ethnic conflict and injustice?
  • How can fragile peace agreements be implemented in communities torn apart by civil war?
  • What methods and strategies are used by mediators and negotiators at local and regional levels?
  • How can these be applied to international conflicts?

Who is it for?

  • Students and researchers with specialist interests in International Relations and conflict transformation
  • Early career practitioners with interests in the practical applications of mediation, negotiation and diplomacy


Academic Lead: Dr Tereza Capelos
Administrator: Indi Shambi

Email: iccstraining@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation
ICCS Professional development training