The Transformation of Armed Groups

Achim Wennmann

IA088 | Autumn | 3 ECTS

The course provides an introduction to current debates on conflict transformation and the characteristics of armed groups, as well as approaches to transforming both non-state armed groups and a state-related security actors. It also looks at several emerging issues such as the transformation of non-conventional armed groups (e.g. gangs or crime-related actors), and the use of dialogue and negotiation as important tools for transformative approaches. Overall, the course invites students to develop a nuanced and at the same time practical understanding about how transformative approaches to armed groups can provide entry points for lasting exists from violent conflict.