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Mission

Protracted social conflicts continue to undermine the security and well being of societies worldwide. Decades of research have contributed to our understanding of the many factors that can contribute to their persistence, but scholars have yet to articulate coherent and testable scientific models that links these component parts to the basic underlying structures and dynamics that account for intractability.

The mission of the Center is to create a platform for the study of systems of violent, enduring conflict and for the development of cooperation and conflict transformation strategies. Enduring conflicts tend to be extremely complex, long-lasting, and difficult to work with, and thus are relatively understudied by contemporary social scientists. They can manifest themselves in families, schools and other organizations, communities, and nations. The complexity approach to social sciences offers a new and useful paradigm for the study of these phenomena. Computer modelling, simulations and network analyses constitute important tools that have proven to be useful for the analysis, visualisation and advance of our understanding of enduring, violent conflicts.

Our center’s main objective is to create a team of reserchers, as well as to create a friendly and fruitful environment for students, where the work initiated by our team on a complexity approach to enduring conflicts could be continued, developed and would hopefully result in useful computer models and simulations, practical sollutions as well as a robust, scientific theories. Our empirical and theoretical work would be informed by the practical applications of our results and ideas at the ICCCR as well as by the unique expertise on conflict offered by Morton Deutsch, Peter Coleman and their team at Columbia University.