Conflict Management

OSCE Missions have been established in countries where violent conflict has occurred or there is a strong likelihood of it breaking out. Such conflicts can be between states, or between groups in a state. Conflict can be over tangible objectives such as control over territory or of a government, or flow from intangible animosities and fears. Conflicts in the OSCE region often involve a mix of these elements and can take place on various levels. The establishment of missions and their mandates are almost always negotiated in agreements with host governments, following a deployment decision by the Permanent Council.

This document is designed to introduce you to Conflict Management. The document focuses on skills required for effective conflict management including:

  • Analyzing conflicts
  • Identifying cycles of conflict
  • Problem solving
  • Negotiation