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AC4 Link features information about faculty, centers, and departments across the Columbia University community who are working directly or indirectly in the areas of conflict resolution, violence prevention, peace, and sustainable development.Profiles are organized by topical area, academic discipline, and Columbia University school and include summaries of relevant projects, papers, and courses, as well as contact information.
Séverine Autesserre joined the faculty of Barnard College in July 2007. Prior to coming to Barnard, she was a postdoctoral associate and lecturer at Yale University where she conducted research on civil and international wars, international intervention, and African politics. Her teaching duties at Barnard include such courses as Aid, Violence, and Politics in Africa (Colloquium); Senior Research Seminar in International Relations; and Civil Wars and International Interventions in Africa. She also teaches a seminar on civil wars and peace settlements at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. She is affiliated with the Barnard’s Africana studies program, Columbia’s Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies, and Columbia’s Institute of African Studies. Dr. Autesserre was awarded an AC4 interdisciplinary research award in 2010 and 2011 (competitive renewal) for her work on international interventions in conflict.
Dr. Autesserre’s current research project examines how everyday elements influence international peacebuilding interventions on the ground. She has conducted extensive fieldwork for this project between 2010 and 2012, with a primary case study on the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and comparative research in Burundi, Cyprus, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, South Sudan, and Timor-Leste. Findings from this project have appeared in Critique Internationale and African Affairs, and a recently published a book entitled Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention (Cambridge University Press in 2014).
The Committee on Global Thought explores global modernity from an innovative, interdisciplinary perspective, and is designed to reconceptualize the theories and methodologies required to confront the challenges stemming from globalization. Chaired by Nobel Laureate University Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, the Committee empirically specifies, investigates, and theorizes our increasingly complex global modernity.
Recognizing that many of the world’s problems, such as poverty, inequality and governance, are interlinked and intractable, President Lee Bollinger appointed distinguished Columbia University faculty to explore, capture, and understand the diverse trajectories of global processes.
Through collaborative workshops, seminars courses, and community events, the resulting analysis and research will be shared and developed by the Columbia community. In so doing, the Committee on Global Thought will augment Columbia’s role as a Global University by fostering a community of scholars and practitioners who integrate and synthesize academic engagement with globalization.
The Committee on Global Thought’s courses encourage new ways of looking at emerging and entrenched global issues. Designed for undergraduate and graduate students by the Committee on Global Thoughts faculty and post-doctoral research scholars, the Committee on Global Thought courses energize interdisciplinary thinking. Titles include Global Governance, Issues of Secularism and Diversity, Globalization, The Law of Violence, and Global Urbanism. New courses are rotated in each year as ideas evolve and canons grow.
Columbia’s master’s program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, which can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis, combines theory and applied training to prepare students to develop practical models for negotiating and resolving disputes among parties with differing objectives and desires. This graduate program is part of a rich history of conflict resolution at Columbia University. The graduate program’s training philosophy is grounded in a commitment to interactive, dialogue-based methods of managing and resolving conflict. The focus is on building common ground, establishing dialogue, applying practical skills, ensuring representation and recognition, and forging relationships.
The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) is an innovative center committed to developing knowledge and practice to promote constructive conflict resolution, effective cooperation, and social justice. We partner with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to create tools and environments through which conflicts can be resolved constructively and just and peaceful relationships can thrive. We work with sensitivity to cultural differences and emphasize the links between theory, research, and practice. While many conflict resolution centers provide training and consulting, our practice is rooted in our own original, leading-edge scholarship.