REACT Course

RAPID EXPERT ASSISTANCE AND CO-OPERATION TEAMS FOR CONFLICT PREVENTION, CRISIS MANAGEMENT AND POST-CONFLICT REHABILITATION (REACT)

GENERAL INFORMATION

The REACT course is a five-week training programme on international peace operations intended for professionals interested in improving their knowledge of conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation, developing practical skills for their work in the field.

 

BACKGROUND

REACT was created in 2003 with the aim of preparing professionals of different profiles, interested in joining the Expert Teams for Rapid Assistance and Cooperation of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Over time, the content of the course has been adapted to the international contexts and to needs and realities of peace missions.

REACT is the only training course of its kind that takes place in Spain. Since its creation, 22 editions have been taken place and over 450 students have benefit from it. Next course will take place in May and June 2018

OBJECTIVES

  • To provide participants with the knowledge and skills to analyse the main threats to international peace and security; the contexts in which conflicts arise; key actors; and their impact on civilians.
  • To build the capacity of participants for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts as well as for the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
  • To strengthen the capacity and confidence of participants to cope with and work in hostile environments.

CONTENTS

MODULE I: CONFLICT PREVENTION AND PEACE BUILDING: CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

  • Peace and conflict analysis
  • Conflict prevention
  • Conflict resolution
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • Peacebuilding

 

MODULE II: INTERNATIONAL LAW: COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW

  • Public International Law: basic concepts
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Criminal Law

 

MODULE III: PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS

  • Protection of civilians in armed conflict
  • Women, Peace and Security. Gender in Operations
  • Children and Armed Conflict
  • Refugees and internally displaced people

MODULE IV: CONFLICTS AND CURRENT THREATS TO INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY

  • Asia: Afghanistan, North Korea and Myanmar
  • Middle East: Israel-Palestine, Iraq, Syria and Yemen
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and South Sudan
  • Maghreb: Libya and Western Sahara
  • Eastern Europe and Caucasus: Ukraine and Kosovo
  • Latin America: Colombia
  • Radicalization, terrorism and violent extremism
  • Transnational organized crime
  • Weapons of mass destruction

 

MODULE V: KEY ACTORS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY

  • United Nations, Peace and Security Pillar
  • European Union, Common Security and Defense Policy
  • Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE
  • African Union, Common African Defense and Security Policy
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO
  • The role of Civil Society

MODULE VI: TOOLS FOR SUSTAINABLE PEACE

  • Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of excombatants (DDR)
  • Security Sector Reform (SSR)
  • Accountability and transitional justice
  • Democracy and Rule of Law
  • Elections in peace building
  • The role of media in peace and conflict

 

MODULE VII: SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Awareness of threats and risks. Personal security
  • Safety and security procedures for vehicle movement
  • Kidnapping and hostage survival
  • Weapons, mines, improvised explosive devices and vunexploded ordnances
  • Protection of classified and sensitive information
  • First aid in hostile environments
  • Orientation and communications in the field
  • 4×4 off road driving
  • Working with interpreters
  • Stress management
  • Negotiation and multicultural communication
  • Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense
  • Addressing media
  • Career development

Working in Hostile Environments

As part of the REACT course, students will learn how to effectively deal with risk-associated and emergency/critical situations while deployed in hostile environments abroad.

This training is expected to improve participants’ understanding of the behavioural field requirements while working as a team member of an international field operation.

Next Course May 26th – June 30th 2018

General Information
FAQS
Registration Form

HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT AWARENESS TRAINING (HEAT)

As part of the REACT course, students will learn how to effectively deal with risk-associated and emergency/critical situations while deployed in hostile environments abroad.

This training is expected to improve participants’ understanding of the behavioural field requirements while working as a team member of an international field operation.

Next Course May 26th – June 30th 2018

General Information
FAQS
Registration Form

FACULTY

The teaching staff are trainers and experts from international organizations, including the UN, OSCE and NATO; diplomats and civil servants; military personnel; police officers; experts from the ICRC and  humanitarianNGOs; independent consultants; and university professors.

METHODOLOGY

The course uses a variety of methodologies, including lectures and presentations, debates, group work, practical and advanced role-playing sessions, outdoor activities and simulation exercises.

LANGUAGES

Candidates must be fluent in English as all lectures are given in English.

LOCATION

The course takes place in Madrid, at the premises of the Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI) which is located at Av. de Gregorio del Amo 6.

DIPLOMA

Participants who successfully complete the course will obtain a diploma from International University Centre for Peace Missions of Helsinki España, and the Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI).

PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS

  • United Nations, UN
  • Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO
  • United States Institute of Peace, USIP
  •  Ministry of foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain
  • Spanish Ministry of Interior
  • Spanish Ministry of Defense
  • International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC

COURSE FEE

Course fee is € 4.950.

It covers:
✓220h of training

✓Registration fee
✓Reading material
✓ Field visits and transportation
✓ Exam and diploma fee

Course fee does not include:

× Accommodation and meals in Madrid
× Travel costs other than the ones related to the field trips

REGISTRATION

Registration fee: € 350.

This fee should be paid once the student is accepted and confirms his/her availability to participate in the course. Registration fee is non-refundable.

If you are interested in participating in the course, please send a copy of the registration form before March 30, to helsinkicursos@humandimension.com.

For more information:  +34 91 533 54 55.

Scholarships available (more information).

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