Conflict at Columbia




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AC4Link logoAC4 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.


Featured Faculty Profile


José Pascal da Rocha is a faculty member and lecturer with the M.S. program on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. He is also a political adviser and mediator expert. He has provided mediation support to the Kampala Talks between the Government of the DRC and M23 movement and he has provided mediation expertise to UN Women while working on the Geneva II peace talks for Syria, Myanmar and Colombia. Pascal has worked throughout Africa, the Balkans, South East Asia and Central Asia, also providing curriculum development support, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation expertise in donor-funded programs.

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Featured Center Profile


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. Their 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, they work toward building a new subfield on religion and international affairs, in which novel research and policy solutions can be formulated.

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Our Partners


NECRlogoColumbia’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.




ICCCR-Logo-mediumThe 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.