Skills for Effective Negotiations


Course Information – UPEACE Campus in Costa Rica

Dates for 2019 to be announced shortly!

Negotiations are fundamental to all human interactions and are key to sustaining peaceful and prosperous coexistence among individuals, communities and nations.  Negotiations need not be win-lose processes, or antagonistic ones.  Instead, with the proper understanding of underlying dynamics of conflicts, effective communication skills, and awareness of one’s own interests and needs—and those of others—negotiations can be productive, even transformative, processes of mutually satisfying the goals of parties in conflicts.

This one-day workshop will engage participants in interactive and participatory learning, reflections and practices revolving around understanding conflicts, communication and negotiations skills.


  • Conflict analysis and mapping
  • Conflict escalation and de-escalation dynamics
  • Peaceful approaches to conflict: Types, ethics and strategies
  • Communication skills
  • Negotiations strategies and skills


To apply to this course, please fill out our online application (click here).

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you will have cultivated:

  • An understanding of the key components and dynamics of conflicts;
  • An understanding of peaceful processes for managing, resolving and transforming conflicts;
  • Effective communication and emotive skills;
  • A solid understanding of negotiations, their cultural underpinnings, and their application to one’s professional and personal context;
  • Effective strategies and skills for conducting fair and satisfying negotiations;

Course Format

The course is designed to be a practical and hands-on workshop, allowing space for sharing and peer-to-peer learning.


Amr Abdalla, Ph.D, is a visiting professor of peace and conflict studies at the University for Peace and the Wesley Theological Seminary. He serves as the Senior Advisor on Conflict Resolution at the Washington-based organization KARAMAH (Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights) in the Washington, D.C. area. His background consists of a law degree from Egypt, a Master’s degree in Sociology and Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University in Virginia. Amr uses his multidisciplinary background to teach graduate classes in conflict analysis and resolution across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

Course Cost

$375 for a full-day “Skills for Effective Negotiation” workshop and certificate.
Enroll with a colleague and each will receive a 15% discount. Contact us for groups of 3 or more.

Upon completion of this course, all participants will be awarded a certificate from the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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