(LAWG-4050) - 4 UNITS

International conflict presents a severe test for those committed to peaceful resolution of disputes and maintenance of world peace. Violence is no stranger to such conflicts. They more often than not involve collision of identities, competing political philosophy,opposing versions of history, religious intolerance to the point of genocide, different versions of morality, and a multitude of nationalities. This seminar will explore the relevance of negotiation principles (especially "game theory") to the prevention, improvement, management, and resolution of such conflicts by studying in depth the Cyprus problem, with special emphasis on the potential for reunification of the island currently divided between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and the larger issue of intercommunal work in the face of conflict intractability. Applicability of mediation approaches and the efforts of citizen peacebuilding (Track III diplomacy) will be considered along with the pros and cons of the various aspects of the U.N. Annan peace plan for Cyprus. The course will provide students with foundational information in the applicable areas of negotiation theory, conflict resolution processes, and peacebuilding approaches.