In this activity, students explore the dynamics of keeping people on the outside, which often occurs through the use of subtle gestures, and can lead to feelings of isolation and alienation.
This exercise is designed to illustrate the necessity of clear and open communication. After each drawing exercise, the participants will begin to realize that open lines of communication produce a better understanding of differing perspectives and lead to a better chance of managing a conflict.
In this unit, students increase their understanding of the prevalence and spread of nuclear weapons and learn about the historic and contemporary measures to control nuclear proliferation.
This lesson allows students to explore the concept of competition versus collaboration and to begin to understand that conflicts are easier to manage when the people in conflict work together, trust one another, and strive to maintain their relationship. This is true in interpersonal conflicts, but also in inter-group and international conflicts.
The Global Peacebuilding Center at the U.S. Institute of Peace is pleased to provide educators with this Discussion Guide to the Global Peacebuilding Centerâ€™s multimedia exhibit, â€œWitnesses to Peacebuilding.â€ This series of six short video pieces tells powerful individual stories of various peacebuilders from around the world. The accompanying Discussion Guide provides educators with questions to guide a post-screening conversation with your students about key peacebuilding themes and activities.
In this lesson, students will explore the history, growth, and activities of a variety of organizations dedicated to promoting peacebuilding, as well as consider the potential for all types of organizations to play a positive role in peacebuilding.
This study guide is designed to serve independent learners who want to find out more about international conflict and its resolution, as well as educators who want to introduce the topic to their students. The main text discusses natural resources and related issues that play significant roles in managing conflicts and building international peace.
In this activity, students understand the importance of viewing a situation from multiple perspectives and consider how understanding multiple perspectives relates to managing conflicts.
This activity gives students the opportunity to practice analyzing conflicts. Analyzing conflicts enables us to manage them more knowledgably and accurately. Conflict analysis can be used to understand all types of conflictsâ€”between individuals, communities, and countries.
In this lesson, students will learn about the mediatorâ€™s role as a third party and begin practicing skills to assist parties to negotiate solutions to their conflict.
In this lesson, students will learn basic negotiation methods by exploring the difference between positions (what people want) and interests (what people need). Looking to partiesâ€™ interests instead of their positions can make it possible to find a solution.
This lesson allows students to practice all of the skills introduced in the toolkit thus far: conflict analysis, conflict styles, active listening, building relationships/trust, identifying wants and needs, and using creative problem solving in one exercise. The scenario is set in Kosovo to get students to think about how these skills can beused in conflicts that range from personal to international settings. However, the conflict could occur anywhere. If you feel that providing background on Kosovo will prove too difficult or time-consuming, you can change the setting to something more familiar to students.
In this activity, participants experience what it is like to interact without words to understand the complexity of communication.
This simulation focuses on a U.S-led effort to bring together many elements of both Israeli and Palestinian society to hold discussions about the needs and interests of both sides before entering into formal negotiations. The simulation provides an opportunity to view this longstanding conflict from the perspectives of those immediately impacted by it: in particular, the communities of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians who have yet to see much benefit in their own lives from the peace process.
In this unit, students will gain an understanding of terrorism and its role in domestic and international politics and become more aware of various definitions of terrorism. Students will also be acquainted with different ways in which terrorism may be addressed.
In this activity, students explore how different perceptions can be and question what happens when people experience things differently in conflict situations.