Conflict Resolution

Since the end of the Cold War, the world has seen numerous conflicts break out, ranging from genocide in Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur to war in Afghanistan and Iraq to civil unrest in places like Afghanistan, Burma, Kenya, Iraq, Liberia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Sudan. Geopolitics, natural resources, environmental change, the global arms trade, and other factors have fueled such conflicts even as they have been prolonged by the normalization of armed conflict as well as mutual mistrust and antipathy. Such prolong conflict poses a fundamental challenge to world stability: how can such conflicts be ended both in terms of short-term ceasefires and longer term peacebuilding efforts.

CGHR’s Conflict Resolution Program seeks to promote understanding of the origin of prolonged conflict and the mechanisms, processes, and practices that may ameliorate or transform such conflicts. These conflict resolution mechanisms may include non-violent civil resistance, dialogue, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, disarmament, reintegration, redress, institution building, and social, transitional, and restorative justice. Among other initiatives, the Conflict Resolution Program currently includes projects on Civil ResistanceReforming Globalization and Promoting Rights, U.S-Mideast Dialogue Project, U.S.-Iran Dialogue ProjectGlobal Dialogue Initiative, and Civic Diplomacy and Human Rights.