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.
Aldo Civico is a leading peace-building strategist and a conflict resolution expert. He is the founder and the director of the International Institute for Peace at Rutgers University, Newark. An anthropologist, he is currently assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Rutgers University. In Italy he is the author of La Scelta (Piemme, 1993), the intellectual biography of Ennio Pintacuda, the mastermind of the anti-Mafia social movement in Sicily. In Colombia he published Las Guerras de Doble Cero (Intermedio 2009) about the life of one of the mayor paramilitary leaders. Recently he authored the chapter Elusive Peace. The case of the ELN in Colombia for the edited book by I. William Zartman and Guy Oliver Faure Engaging Extremists (USIP June 2011). From July 2007 to July 2010 Civico served as the Director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, where he remains an Associate Research Scholar. Civico is a member of the advisory board of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity at The Earth Institute founded by Jeff Sachs. Civico holds a Ph.D in Anthropology from Columbia University and a “laurea” in Political Science from the University of Bologna, Italy. Besides Rutgers University, he teaches conflict resolution and peace building at Columbia University and at the University of Trento in Italy. [Learn more]
The Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion (CDTR) conducts research and training on the interfaces of and tensions between religion, toleration, and democracy in the world. Located in the School of International and Public Affairs, CDTR examines the role of religion in world politics. Our overarching goals are to identify how tolerance between religious and secular actors can be better theorized, and to aid in the development of new strategies for promoting religious-secular tolerance. To this end, we work toward building a new subfield on religion and international affairs, in which novel research and policy solutions can be formulated. To foster the development of young academics and practitioners in this growing subfield, the Center supports graduate courses, post-doctoral training, and student-faculty research initiatives. We also host fifty events each year—ranging from intimate closed meetings to widely-attended international conferences—in order to promote the broadening research networks on religion and politics.While global in scope, CDTR’s work has particularly focused on Islam and international affairs, on variants of secularism, and on how these variants have affected coexistence in different states. Many of our activities focus on Indonesia, which is the world’s largest Muslim democracy; on Turkey, which has a strong “assertive” secularist tradition; and on India, which is democratic notwithstanding its deep religious, linguistic, and ethnic diversity. We hope that our research can help to bring about sufficient tolerance between religious and secular actors such that societal peace, a rights-respecting democratic polity, and sustainable people-oriented development become mutually reinforcing goals. [Learn more]
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.