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Conflict Resolution Theory Course

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The course on "Theory of Conflict Resolution" (CTRC) aims to promote theoretical and practical knowledge about a field of research that has been little academically and scientifically addressed in Portugal: Conflict Resolution, from the perspective of international security, intending, although in a limited way, to make up for the insufficient training offer existing in Portugal in this area.

Individualizing itself, at the beginning of the 20th century, as an autonomous body of knowledge, Conflict Resolution became a complex, scientifically interdependent domain. The 20th/21st-century conflicts revealed a special capacity to threaten stability and peace on a global scale.

Fortunately, we are not unarmed to face the organized violence and social chaos caused by those conflicts. Scholars in the social sciences and decision-makers with responsibilities in international policy matters have developed a body of knowledge to inhibit the potential for organized aggression by states or at least significantly reduce it.

The Management and Resolution of International Conflicts, of increasing complexity, cannot be sympathized with simplistic and superficial approaches based only on intuition or the mediator's bold judgments or luck. Its effectiveness is increasingly the result of thorough preparation and systematic knowledge acquisition.

Thus, this course aims to provide students with theoretical tools that allow them, on the one hand, to analyze the different conflicts rigorously and, on the other hand, to act as practitioners in the various professional situations in which they may become involved.​​

​• ​Provide the fundamental theoretical concepts underlying Conflict Resolution, making auditors aware of the techniques and instruments that allow them to understand, manage and, ultimately, resolve conflicts, highlighting the potential and limitations of each of the methods presented.

• Study practical cases of conflicts within and between States in light of the concepts presented with regional or international impact.​


The CTRC lasts for 25 hours, divided into 12 weekly sessions of 2 hours (except for the last one, which will last 3 hours) in person, on Wednesdays, from 6 pm to 8 pm, taking place at the IDN's premises in Lisbon. If it is not possible to take the course in person, it will occur in an online synchronous Distance Learning (EAD) environment.

The course comprises the following types of activities:

• Conferences on the themes of Conflict Resolution, accompanied by debate, according to the course programme;

• A simulation exercise;

• Group or individual work and on topics presented and discussed in class

CTRC Regulation​

​Program of the I CTRC and CV of Speakers​

​• The CTRC is preferably intended for military personnel, elements of the Security Forces, diplomats, students of Political Science and International Relations, and members of NGOs, Portuguese citizens, the European Union and countries of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries ( CPLP).

• Exceptionally, applications from citizens from nationalities not provided in the previous paragraph may be admitted, depending on the purpose and objectives of the respective edition of the CTRC.​


​Admission requirements apply to both institutional appointments and individual applications.

• Hold a degree or attend Higher Education, without prejudice to the fact that, by decision of the IDN Directorate, candidates whose professional profile guarantees sufficient qualification for their attendance will be admitted;

• Performance of functions for which the course objectives are considered of high interest;

• Professional experience and other curricular aspects in areas related to Conflict Resolution;

• Professional career development potential.​

• The course support bibliography will be mainly in English, as well as some sessions may be given in English, so candidates for attendance must have an adequate command of this language.​



Individual applications are formalized, within the defined application period, by completing the electronic form available on this website and submitting the following documents:

• Curriculum synthesis / Curriculum Vitae must be in Portuguese (maximum 1 A4 page);

• Passport photography, current and in colour.


The IDN annually invites bodies from central, regional or local administration, from the Armed Forces, from the Security Forces and Services, and representative entities of civil society to nominate employees to attend its courses.

Institutional applications to attend the course are made by designating the Entities with places allocated in each course edition.​

Institutional applications are formalized, within the defined application period, by completing the electronic form available on this website and submitting the following documents:

• Official nomination by the competent body according to the defined vacancy;

• Curriculum summary / Curriculum Vitae must be in Portuguese (maximum 1 A4 page);

• Passport photography, current and in colour.

In the process of designating the holder of the institutional vacancy, it is up to the respective entities to ensure that the candidate meets the requirements established for admission to the course.

Applications will not be accepted if:

• Are not properly instructed (ex: lack of documents);

• Do not meet admission criteria.

The presentation of any required documentation after the stipulated deadline also determines the non-acceptance of the application.

Individual applications are considered by a Selection Committee appointed by the IDN Director.

Candidates will be informed about their admission to the course by email.

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Planning Core​

National Defence Institute
Calçada das Necessidades, no. 5 - 1399-017 Lisbon
Tel: 211 544 700/211 544 746/211 548 244

Course directors:

Major General Carlos Branco

Captain-of-Sea-and-War José Picoito