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Post-Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability
Online Certificate

Post-Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability

Enduring and rising conflicts are unsettling many parts of the world, creating socio-economic and institutional challenges. Increasingly, local and international stakeholders are directing resources towards peaceful resolutions of these tensions. As a result, the need for skilled professionals with specialized knowledge and training in post-conflict reconstruction is also growing.

This program, now entirely online, is one of the first of its kind in the region, designed for professionals and recent bachelor's degree graduates who want to explore a career path or develop new skills without committing to a full master's degree. 

The coursework is especially useful for:

  • International agency staff
  • UN practitioners
  • Government civilian planners
  • Employees of nongovernmental organizations
  • Educators
  • Professionals responsible for and interested in solving conflicts


  • 71 UN peacekeeping operations since 1948
  • 50% School-aged children in conflict countries
  • 12+ Million refugees worldwide
  • 46 Highly violent conflicts in 2014
Certificate Post Conflict Reconstruction Sustainability

Examining African Politics Firsthand

The theory and practice of diplomacy converge in our international study tours. Our African Union Seminar, based in Ethiopia, examines conflicts in Africa and the AU’s role in resolving them.

United Nations

The School of Diplomacy's post-conflict classes have given me the confidence to work with international organizations to identify and implement strategies to help alleviate corruption in Haiti —my home country —and boost its economy.


Nadjedah Jean SimonImport Account Manager, Econocaribe Consolidators, Inc.


Our students develop a foundation for building sustainable peace in societies emerging from violent conflict.

In courses such as Peacemaking and Peacekeeping or Civil Conflict and Development, you'll examine theories, research and case studies on what causes conflicts, learn to diagnose various types of conflict, and discover methods for avoiding, managing or resolving such clashes.

This online certificate can be completed in a single year, and students may apply their coursework toward an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations, provided they meet admissions requirements.

(Select Five Courses, 15 credits) 

  • DIPL 6004 Peacemaking and Peacekeeping 
  • DIPL 6250 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Plural Societies 
  • DIPL 6251 Justice, Truth and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Societies 
  • DIPL 6252 Institutions of Post-Conflict Governance 
  • DIPL 6253 Civil Conflict and Development
  • DIPL 6254 Fieldwork in Post-Conflict Societies

Exchanging Ideas with the UN

The School of Diplomacy has collaborated with the UN deputy secretary and the Department of Political Affairs to bring the Sergio Vieira de Mello Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-Conflict Diplomacy to Seton Hall. The endowed de Mello chairs honor the UN special representative to Iraq who was killed, along with 21 colleagues, in an attack on the UN compound in Baghdad.

They provide our students with course instruction, workshops, presentations and advising, sharing critical skills and essential field knowledge needed to make a difference, as Sergio Vieira de Mello did so skillfully, in a world of risk and opportunity.

Learn more about the de Mello chair and the School's alliance with the U.N. community »

Program Faculty

Faculty at the School of Diplomacy are dedicated scholars and practitioners with diverse backgrounds. They bridge the gap between theory and practice -in the classroom and beyond. 

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Jane Cohen
Sergio Vieira de Mello Endowed Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-conflict Diplomacy
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Hussein Ibrahim
Project Officer
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Tatsushi Arai
Sergio Vieira de Mello Endowed Visiting Chair in the Practice of Post-Conflict Diplomacy
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Brandon Valeriano
Assistant Professor
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About the School of Diplomacy

Just minutes from New York City and a few hours from Washington, D.C., the School of Diplomacy and International Relations is an ideal place to study international relations and practice diplomacy firsthand. Through a unique alliance with the United Nations Association of the United States of America and the United Nations Foundation, students are exposed to today's leaders and policymakers. Students from around the world come together to participate in a multidisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes multilateral diplomacy, conflict resolution, international economics and leadership. Ready to learn more?

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