Unit peace-keeping and conflict transformation

International relations
Study-unit Code
Cooperazione internazionale e state building
Barbara Faccenda
  • Barbara Faccenda
  • 42 ore - Barbara Faccenda
Course Regulation
Coorte 2023
Learning activities
Attività formative affini o integrative
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Analysis of key concepts of contemporary conflicts, peacekeeping (violent conflict prevention, peace operations in the global politics, typologies of peace operations, contemporary challenges), normal peace and interventions of normalization in turbulent societies. Conflict transformation will be analysed through the lens of space, identity and in relation to violent extremist religous groups which employ the terrorism' tecniques.
Reference texts
B. Faccenda - Identità in conflitto. La trasformazione della guerra nel mondo globalizzato.
Morlacchi ed. 2020
B. Faccenda - I jihadisti contemporanei. Chi sono, come comunicano, dove sono e strategie per contrastarli
Morlacchi ed. 2023
Educational objectives

Theory is not separated from the world, it contributes to shape what we see.
The aim of the course is to analyse peacekeeping in its evolution and transformation in relation to contemporary conflicts. Conflict transformation will be analysed through the definition of space, peace and identity.
Provide to the students of the essential analytic tools to understand the nuance of peacekeeping and of contemporary conflict transformation, which would be useful to build their professional career.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Teaching methods
Lecture- base class, structured around student engaged and discussion. It would be an entire section on simulation (in class) of fundamental techniques of negotiation and peace negotiation. In order to bridge theory and practice, it would be analysed (some) peacekeeping operations around the world and students would view – and examine - essential documentaries on peacekeeping and intractable conflicts.
Other information
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Learning verification modality
Attending regularly the lessons, participate to the simulation activities, would be an essential requisite to gain a score that would be added at the final exam.
SYLLABUS for the students attending regularly the course
Text 1. B. Faccenda Identità in conflitto. La trasformazione della guerra nel mondo globalizzato. Morlacchi University Press, 2020
Parte II. Identità e trasformazione dei conflitti contemporanei. Capitolo I e Capitolo II – entirely

Text 2. B. Faccenda I jihadisti contemporanei. Chi sono, come comunicano, dove sono e strategie per contrastarli. Morlacchi University Press, 2023
Capitolo 2 (entirely)
Capitolo 5 (entirely)
Capitolo 6 (entirely)
N.B. text 2 will not be requested for the exam, but it will be requested for the simulation of the peace negotiation in the course, when the teacher will ask questions about the book to assign the score that will be added to the final exam.

Both the texts entirely
Extended program
I Part - Introduction and key concepts
- Understanding contemporary conflicts;
- "normal peace": intervention and normalization of turbulent societies;
- Conceptualize peace.
- Definition of peace through conflict theory
- Conflict and the logic of the struggle
Part II – Peacekeeping
- Prevent violent conflicts: peacekeeping;
- Peace operations in global politics;
- Who are the peacekeepers?
- Development and transformation of peacekeeping
- Typologies of peace operations: preventive deployments, traditional peacekeeping, peace enforcement, assisting transitions, transitional administrations;
- Contemporary challenges: regionalization, protection of civilians, privatization
Part III – Conflict transformation
- Identity, space and conflict transformation
- Identity and emotion in international relations
- Complex identity conflict: Islam versus West
- Religion, violent islamic extremist groups in conflict transformation
Parte IV – Peace negotiation and analysis of case studies
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