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Web Resources

I.Conflict Resolution, Security, and Anti-Terrorism

American University - International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program (IPCR)
This School of International Service (SIS) program equips graduates to contribute as peacebuilding scholar-practitioners in conflict and post-conflict societies. IPCR classes and related institutes - including the Summer Peacebuilding and Development Institute and Center for Global Peace - engage the complexities of conflict situations and analyze the social impact of nonviolent movements, conflict resolution practice, and peace studies.

American University - School of International Service (SIS)
Today SIS is the largest school of international affairs in the United States with more than 2500 students from 150 countries. Eight areas of study offer students a wide range of possibilities in Comparative and Regional Studies, Global Environmental Politics, International Communication, International Development, International Economic Policy, International Politics, Peace and Conflict Resolution, and United States Foreign Policy. The School's goal is to educate graduates of a special type - individuals whose personal and societal principles offer the promise of success in the rigorous conditions of an increasingly interconnected and complex world.

Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict
The Commission, ceasing operations in 1999, examined principal causes of deadly ethnic, nationalist, and religious conflicts and the circumstances that foster or deter their outbreak. Reports remain available for download on this website. Today the Conflict Prevention Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars builds on the work of the Commission.

Carter Center
Guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and alleviation of human suffering, the Carter Center seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health around the globe.

European Platform for Conflict Prevention and Transformation
This portal features a directory of 470+ organizations working globally in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Moreover, it provides access to publications and assorted web resources.

International Crisis Group (ICG)
ICG is a non-profit, multinational organization with 100+ staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.

United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
USIP is a federal institution designed to promote the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts.


II. Development

American University - International Development Program (IDP)
The ID Program is designed for students and faculty concerned with analyzing and participating in economic, environmental, social, and political change, with emphasis on improving opportunities for the poor and disenfranchised of the Third World. Established within AU's School of International Service (SIS) in 1975, the program offers both a multi-disciplinary Master's degree and a more applied program focusing specifically on Development Management.

Directory of Development Organizations
This helpful directory facilitates international cooperation and knowledge sharing among NGOs, research institutions, governments and private sector organisations involved in development work . It lists contact data for 29,000+ organisations that offer financial support, market access, and advice to enterprise and poverty-reducing sectors throughout the world.

The Hunger Project (THP)
This strategic organization and global movement is committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. In Africa, Asia and Latin America, THP seeks to empower local people to create lasting society-wide progress in health, education, nutrition and family incomes.

United Nations - Global Compact (GC)
This voluntary corporate citizenship initiative leads with two objectives: 1) Mainstream the ten principles in business activities around the world and 2) Catalyse actions in support of UN goals. Through power of collective action, GC seeks to advance responsible corporate citizenship so business can be part of the solution to challenges of globalisation. In this way, the private sector - in partnership with other social actors - can help realize the Secretary-General's vision: a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.


III. Development - Conflict Linkages

International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES)
In both its Kandy and Colombo (Sri Lanka) research centres, this leading global think tank researches and publishes on violent group conflict and related issues of governance and development. Established in 1982, ICES continues to support pioneering work on these themes for South Asia and other parts of the world

International Institute for Sustainable Development - Conflict Risk & Impact Assessment (CRIA)
Companies have an important - yet underdeveloped - role to play in contributing to peace and human security. Building on the 2002 UN Global Compact dialogue on the role of the private sector in conflict prevention, this initiative (with assistance of International Alert ) seeks to equip companies operating in conflict risk zones with a methodology for assessing likely impacts of their operations on conflict and vice versa, complimenting existing corporate practice on political risk and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA).

University of Maryland - Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM)
CIDCM projects seek new and better understanding about dynamics of conflict and conflict resolution, with emphasis on the role of economic development and information technology in conflict-prone societies. One project, Minorities at Risk (MAR), tracks 284 politically-active ethnic groups throughout the world from 1945 to the present, identifying where they are, what they do, and what happens to them.

USAID Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM)
CMM is global and cross-cuts all USAID missions, geographical bureaus , and sectors . A key part of its mandate is to 'mainstream' best practices of conflict management into more traditional development sectors such as democracy and governance, economic growth, natural resource management, security sector reform, social development, and peace building.

World Bank Group - Conflict Prevention and Reconstruction Unit
Through assessment of the causes, consequences and characteristics of conflict and the transfer of lessons learned, this unit of the Bank works to design development efforts specific to conflict-affected countries. The Post-Conflict Fund provides financing for physical and social reconstruction initiatives in post-war societies.

WSP International
This NGO, initiated by the UN as the War-torn Societies Project, builds actor consensus on key social issues via processes of consultation, research and analysis with all sectors of society, including international donors. Local teams employ the WSP brand of Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology at community and national levels in Latin America, Macedonia, Rwanda and Somalia.


IV. Policing and Conflict

Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
This organisation established in 2000 on initiative of the Swiss government encourages efforts to strengthen democratic and civilian control of armed and security forces, and promotes security sector reform in accordance with democratic standards. The Centre undertakes research to identify problems, to gather experience from lessons learned, and propose best practices in the security sector.

G lobal Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform (GFN-SSR)
This project is funded by the UK Government's Global Conflict Prevention Pool and managed by academics and practitioners at Cranfield University's Shrivenham campus. The team serves as a resource for the UK Government and other global partners to provide research facilitating policy development and capacity building for Security Sector and Police Reform initiatives.

International Association of Chiefs of Police
This is the world's oldest and largest non-profit membership organisation of police executives, with 19,000+ members in over 89 countries. Along with promoting new technologies, they promote integrity and ethical behaviour, diversity, community safety, and partnerships with the private sector and community groups.

Police Accountability - Promoting Citizen Oversight (South Africa)
This dynamic network resource seeks to enhance and promote effective, publicly accountable policing in South Africa and its neighbors. Its mission is to promote and strengthen civil society monitoring of police conduct, strengthen state agencies & police, highlight current debates, encourage networking, and provide information on police oversight.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) - Safe Homes and Sustainable Communities
The RCMP vision of sustainable development is simply - Safe Homes and Sustainable Communities. Implementation of community policing is a continuing process that started in 1990. Bridges now are being built to expand integration of sustainable development principles into all departmental programs and operations. To bring down the "barometer of crime", RCMP continues to focus on Organized Crime, Terrorism, Youth, International Policing, and Aboriginal Communities.


V. Systems Analysis

Balaton Group
This international network is dedicated to communicating, negotiating, inspiring, and getting things done to achieve more sustainable and equitable societies.

Sustainability Institute
Founded in 1996 by the late Donella Meadows , the Institute provides information, analysis, and practical demonstrations that can foster transitions to sustainable systems at all levels of society, from local to global.

System Dynamics Society
This organization encourages systems thinking around the world. With members in fifty-five countries, the Society provides a forum for researchers, educators, consultants, and practitioners to introduce newcomers to the field, keep abreast of current developments, and build on each other's work.

World Futures Society (WFS)
WFS is an association of people interested in how social and technological developments are shaping the future. The Society, founded in 1966, takes a long-term view and members consider and debate forecasts, recommendations, and alternative scenarios for the future.


VI. Youth (Young Men) and Conflict

Stanford Report: Vantage Point: Getting at the Roots of Terrorism
In his web essay (11/20/2002), Stanford scholar Paul Ehrlich cites "poverty, inequality and large numbers of young men facing dim economic prospects" as key contributors to global terrorism.

UN Programme for Youth: World Youth Report 2003
This UN report (downloadable from the website) provides an overview of the global situation of young people. The first 10 chapters focus on priorities identified in 1995 by the General Assembly's World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) . Remaining chapters address newer issues like Youth and Conflict, identified as priority areas by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

University of Ulster: Centre for Young Men's Studies (Recently Established)
The University of Ulster is to conduct groundbreaking research into young male violence and how to deal with it. It is to set up the world's first Centre for Young Men's Studies - a research unit where the problem of violence among young men will be studied and solutions, including a training manual for those dealing with young men, will be devised.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: Environmental Change & Security Project (ESCP)
The ESCP website archives event discussions and research reviews on academic works that target links between young men and deadly conflict. Examples include Young Men and War (2001) by Cristian Mesquida and Neil Werner as well as Bare Branches (2004) by Valerie Hudson and Andrea den Boer.

Your Public Radio (YPR - 88.1 FM): "The Future of the Armed Insurgency in Iraq"
In this web essay, scholar Fawaz A. Gerges engages youth unemployment-insurgency linkages. He notes that "providing jobs to angry young men is more effective in gaining their trust than all the speeches about the wonders of the new order being constructed in Baghdad."


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