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.
2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, and women’s rights advocate. She is founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, founder of the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative, and co-founder and former executive director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberia coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). Gbowee’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003, is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. [Learn more]
The Center for Bioethics provides an inter-disciplinary, inter-professional forum to advance both public understanding and scholarly work on contemporary issues in Bioethics. The Center explores these issues by providing education, promoting research, and offering service to diverse communities.
The Columbia University Center for Bioethics is located in northern Manhattan, part of an urban neighborhood that is ethnically and economically diverse. This setting uniquely positions the Center for cross-cultural work with distinct communities, and collaboration with national and international academic partners. The Center serves as a link between the uptown (medical center) and downtown campuses. [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.