The study of International Peace and Conflict Resolution draws on political science, cross-cultural communication, sociology, international relations, social psychology, anthropology, and international law. Our faculty are deeply engaged in some of the most pressing issues of our times, promoting dialogue in Palestine and Israel, bringing communities together in Sudan and Cyprus, promoting the peaceful reintegration of child soldiers in West Africa, strengthening civil society in Pakistan, improving the participation of women in peacebuilding in the Balkans and Northern Ireland, transforming post-conflict societies in Latin America, training UN peacekeepers and civil society leaders in negotiation and dialogue, and advancing the peacebuilding policies and practices of the United States government and international organizations among others.
In their research and teaching, IPCR Faculty examine the causes, impacts and termination of war and mass violence holistically and address the practical and theoretical dimensions of peacebuilding. Thus, the IPCR program enables students to understand how cultural and psychological factors--as well as power politics and economics--can drive systemic forces that contribute to war and peace. A constructive approach is also offered in learning the processes of nonviolent conflict resolution and transformation.