The study of International Peace and Conflict Resolution draws on a variety of academic disciplines. Our faculty members are trained in political science, cross-cultural communication, sociology, international relations, social psychology, anthropology, international law, and counseling. They are deeply engaged in some of the most pressing issues of our times, promoting dialogue in the Middle East and Africa, improving the participation of women in peacebuilding in the Balkans and Northern Ireland, transforming post-conflict societies in Latin America, and conducting hostage negotiations both in the United States and internationally.
In their research and teaching of conflict and violence, IPCR Faculty examine alternative paradigms and analyses of how domestic and international policies and systems work in relation to peace and conflict. Thus, IPCR can integrate the study of cultural and psychological factors contributing to violent conflicts; social, economic, and political factors; and systemic forces that drive social systems toward violence. A constructive approach is also offered in studying the processes that can lead to nonviolent conflict resolution and transformation.