Center for Conflict Studies (CCS) works on three main focus areas:
1. Understanding Conflicts: Identifying conflict, its sources and root causes, parties, and the dynamics of conflict are primary and key steps in resolving conflicts. We hope through research to further our understanding of the nature, variety, and types of conflict situations in the world around us. We place a special emphasis on research that furthers understanding of violent conflicts. This means that studies that focus on armed actors – state and non-state – will be of great interest to us.
2. Developing tools and skills to resolve conflicts in a non-violent manner: The field of Conflict Studies has many tools to deal with conflict, such as mediation, negotiation, facilitation, and dialogue. However, there are many other methods, such as a society’s traditional methods of dealing with conflict, which have not received much attention. Research that furthers the toolbox of conflict resolvers will receive our support.
3. Peacebuilding in post-war societies: Societies that emerge from violent conflict are faced with the mammoth task of building and re-building infrastructure, relationships, and systems to ensure that conditions to prevent conflict from re-emerging are established. Research that focuses on the many aspects of building peace and will therefore receive our attention includes, but is not limited to: justice, trauma healing, dealing with the past/history/memory, security reforms, development, gender, governance, peace agreements/ implementation. Also of interest to us is research on the challenges faced by actors – state and non-state - involved in peacebuilding. We are also particularly interested in the intersection of conflict, security, development, and peace.
The Center’s research projects and consultancies seek to bridge the gap between theory and practice and to provide rich, empirically tested materials to policy makers.
CCS offers a variety of services to organizations and institutions that work on issues of conflict, peace, justice, and human rights. We conduct educational and training programs wherein we also provide training for those who work with communities with emphasis on children, youth, and women. CCS also offers consulting services that involve research, mediation, negotiation, and training. CCS has the capabilities to provide services around the globe.