The way States operate in the contexts of post-conflict transition processes poses problems. The demands for State reform in different cases of post-war reconstruction projects illustrate the obstacles against which these reforms may come: inadequate democracy, absence of the Rule of Law, ruling class' lack of legitimacy, corruption, economic crisis and poverty, resurgence of conflict. The aim of the course is to give the participants all the tools to analyse a post-conflict state, and understand the elements that lead to stability, or a return to conflict. What are the options to improve the relationship between state and society in post-conflict contexts?


This course looks at the whole life of the post-conflict state; going from how to achieve the formal end to a conflict, the peace agreement, through to the establishment or re-establishment of the state and its institutions. Through out the course the theoretical material is illustrated with case studies to show how models affect different contexts and highlight the importance of local knowledge in the establishment of a durable peace. The subjects of the four-week course are: Peace agreements and the durability of peace; Legitimate government; and State consolidation. The fourth and last week is intended for finalizing all group work either individually or in groups. The students are coached online, and they will interact through online debates and assignments.

Specific aims of the course

  • Provide analytical tools
  • Offer a platform to exchange ideas on innovative policies
  • Connect local and international practitioners
  • Create a network of post-conflict experts

For whom?

The course is developed for professionals working in or with post-conflict situations, either as part of international organisations or those working for national and local civil society organisations. The course also welcomes students with a special interest in the topic. The course exists of core material, required for all participants, and additional deepening sections (optional) intended to correspond to participants' particular learning needs.

Course requirements: please not that all participants should be

  • in command of the English language;
  • able to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week on course work;
  • have basic ICT skills and a minimum of internet access.