The Kent Global Leadership Program's flagship event is an intensive week-long session for professionals from governments and inter-governmental institutions held annually in New York City. It was inaugurated in the summer of 2021 in a virtual format that allowed for engagement with world-renowned experts and practitioners, civil society, and business leaders.
The five-day Kent Conflict Resolution Summer Training will take place in person in New York between June 13th to 17th, 2022 and combines experiential skills building and expert panel discussions. This intensive course will familiarize a select group of mid-career diplomats with the emerging dynamics of 21st century conflict and the tools, knowledge, and negotiating techniques that are necessary to address these dynamics. Specifically, participants will engage with the opportunities provided by “The Golden Triangle,” a reference to the synergistic potential for cooperation between stakeholders in government, civil society, and the private sector.
The training centers around two in-depth simulations, one focused on negotiating an agreement to end an intractable civil war, and the second focused on post-conflict peacebuilding and reconstruction in an urban environment. Throughout each simulation, participants will have access to experienced peacemaking practitioners, who will act as consultants and facilitators for these exercises. This distinctive feature will bring to the world of diplomacy some of the methods used in business schools. Simulations will be augmented by high-level panels featuring former ministers, national security advisors, senior officials from governments and international organizations, CEOs of major corporations, and leaders of prominent NGOs. Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping between 2000 and 2008 and current Director of the Kent Program at Columbia University, will facilitate the sessions and provide insight from his experiences throughout the five-day training.
This program is designed for promising young diplomats serving in overseas missions or in the foreign ministries of their home countries. Professionals serving in international/multilateral organizations are also welcome to apply. Candidates are expected to have some years of professional experience and a demonstrated commitment to international conflict resolution and peacebuilding, as well as be strongly recommended by their respective missions/ministries.
Over the course of five days, ten different panels addressed the ongoing transformation of conflict and discussed how public institutions, civil society and business can better work together. Highlights from each session can be viewed below.