Summer School: Colombia - Lessons for Peace & Conflict Studies?

This year’s Summer School analyzes Colombia's path to peace.

Course topic

How can peace and conflict studies contribute to understanding the conflict dynamics in Colombia, and how can insights from Colombia advance academic research? swisspeace’s 5-day summer school provides an overview of current academic and policy debates on conflict resolution, peacebuilding and state building and critically reflects on their relevance for the Colombian context. Following an introduction to peace and conflict theories and the architecture of international peacebuilding, participants will analyze the Colombian context and reflect on scenarios for future developments.
What are the main developments in Colombia since the peace agreement in 2016? Who are the key actors and what are the main drivers of conflict? How can the root causes of the conflict be addressed and what is the role of external actors in this process? Participants will focus on specific topics relevant to the Colombian context including state formation, local governance, peace mediation and civil society.

Country focus of previous summer schools: Syria 2015, Myanmar 2016

Program overview 2017
Program overview 2016
Program overview 2015

Target audience

The summer school is designed for practitioners with an academic background, PhD-students and recent graduates.

A university degree (minimum BA) or an equivalent educational background is required, professional experience is an asset.

The course will be held with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 participants.


Experienced practitioners and scholars working on South Sudan will facilitate this course.

Course coordinator:
Franziska Sigrist, swisspeace


Lisa Ott, swisspeace
Anna Leissing, swisspeace

Faculty list 2017
Faculty list 2016
Faculty list 2015

Structure & methodology

The course consists of online assignments and a 5-day on-site training. Course methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, case studies, exercises, skills training and self-study. Experienced practitioners and scholars working on South Sudan will facilitate this course.


This 5-day course can be taken as one module of the Certificate, Diploma and Master of Advanced Studies in Civilian Peacebuilding programs offered by swisspeace and the University of Basel.
Successful participants are awarded a Confirmation of Participation.

Any questions about this course?

Please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you cannot find the information you are looking for, our staff will happily answer your questions (contact us).