"Knowledge as action; action as change. Knowledge immediately translates into action, and we at CCS we believe that when human beings reach the point where knowledge brims over, action is inevitable. Our task is to create the space and the resources for knowledge acquisition.”-Professor Pushpa Iyer, Founding Director
The new Center for Conflict Studies (CCS) is a research center of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, A Graduate School of Middlebury College.
Conflicts are inevitable phenomena with a propensity to turn destructive very quickly, and are largely viewed negatively. CCS focuses on the study and application of the right tools for managing conflicts and, therefore, approaches conflicts more positively, as vehicles for nonviolent change.
CCS emphasizes bridging research and practice to better understand and manage conflicts effectively and to change current inequalities and social injustices. CCS was started with a specific goal of developing programs and publications that would contribute to the theory and practice of the field of conflict studies. CCS hopes to broaden the scope of its work and widen the network of scholars and practitioners it creates.
More funding is needed to provide valuable support of these programs. It is also essential to work towards permanently endowing CCS and to providing financial aid for aspiring conflict resolution professionals.