Organizations and Research Resources

 

Professional Peace and Conflict Resolution Organizations

Association for Conflict Resolution
The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. ACR represents and serves a diverse national and international audience that includes more than 6,000 mediators, arbitrators, facilitators, educators, and others involved in the field of conflict resolution and collaborative decision-making.

Global Nonviolent Action Database
Provides free access to information about hundreds of cases of nonviolent action for learning and for citizen action. They research campaigns that have reached a point of completion. The cases are drawn from all continents and most countries. People are shown struggling for human rights, economic justice, democracy, national and ethnic identity, environmental sustainability, and peace.

Peace and Justice Studies Association
PJSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for peacebuilding, social justice, and social change. PJSA also serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict resolution studies.

International Peace Research Association Foundation
Founded in 1964, IPRA is a scholarly association with links to hundreds of institutions and five regional institutions of its own. It is a member of the International Social Science Council and publishes the International Journal of Peace Studies.

H-Peace Discussion Network
H-Peace is an international scholarly network that seeks to broaden understanding about historical and contemporary peace and justice concerns. An affiliate of the Peace History Society, H-Peace provides an easy way to stay informed of the latest developments in Peace History and Peace Studies, and to communicate with other scholars working and teaching in these fields.

Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace
The Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace is an online scholarly journal that publishes articles regarding the role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding. The journal is a project of the Plowshares peace studies collaborative of Earlham, Goshen and Manchester Colleges funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Justice, Peace & Reconciliation website
The prestigious South African Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation website provides information on justice, peace and reconciliation efforts in countries throughout the world.

Volunteer and Grassroots Peace Organizations

Local Organizations:

Center for Service-Learning & Social Change
This new St. Cloud center "empowers and inspires youth of diverse backgrounds--and those who work with youth--to be proactive agents of change in their communities and in the world."

For links to peace organizations in Minnesota.

National Organizations:

Campus Compact
Campus compact is a coalition of over 900 college and university presidents who desire to encourage community service, citizenship skills, and public integration into teaching and research as a part of higher education.

Idealist.org: Action without border
A website that aims to connect people through a large collection of resources. Visitors can search for peace organizations.

Pax Christi USA
The national Catholic peace movement, striving to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence.

Peace Action
The nations largest grassroots peace group. They strive to empower people to change the world through practical, positive alternatives for peace.

Raise your Voice: Student Action for Change
A website that supports college and university students in community work, activism, leadership, and civic growth by providing information, ideas, and resources for self expression. The website's main goal is to help create student innovators who will help solve the challenges facing American democracy.

United For Peace and Justice
A coalition of over 650 groups who oppose the governments policy of permanent warfare and empire building. This organization takes a proactive stance on social and political change.

International Organizations:

Global Charity Jobs
A web-based recruitment initiative for international charity and NGO jobs.

Peace and Conflict Resolution Research Resources

International Crisis Group
The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization, with nearly 120 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. Its website includes its reports and briefings.

International Alert
International Alert is an independent peacebuilding organization that works in over 20 countries and territories around the world. They address issues of violent conflict with the dual approach of working directly with affected people as well as at government, EU and UN levels to shape both policy and practice in building sustainable peace.

U.S. Institute of Peace
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and democratic transformations, and increase peacebuilding capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. Its website includes many essays, publications, and briefings.

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is an independent, nongovernmental organization, supported by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide. Found on its website are its extensive publications on the state of human rights in various nations around the world.

Amnesty International
Founded in 1961, Amnesty International is a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide. On its website, above the multiple opportunities for engagement, are many statements on its findings about international human rights abuses, including its annual report.

The Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management
The Berghof Center explores constructive procedures and models for dealing with ethnopolitical conflicts. The Center pursues a middle-ground approach that emphasizes both theory and practice by examining how the change from violence to peace occurs while utilizing a range of methods: action research and conceptual work; commissioning related research; supporting active practitioners in the field; and by offering policy advice and networking.

International Center for Nonviolent Conflict
The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict is an independent, non-profit, educational foundation that develops and encourages the study and use of civilian-based, nonmilitary strategies to establish and defend human rights, democracy and justice worldwide. Its site includes its works on nonviolent strategies and movements.

Albert Einstein Institution [strategic nonviolence]
The Albert Einstein Institution is a nonprofit organization advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world. Its goals are to understand the dynamics of nonviolent action in conflicts, to explore its policy potential, and to communicate this through print and other media, translations, conferences, consultations, and workshops.

Freedom House Special Report on Nonviolent Movements: From Civic Resistance to Durable Democracy
Freedom House, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization, which calls itself "a clear voice for democracy and freedom around the world," published this report in 2005.

INCORE: International Conflict Research
A joint project of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster its research is largely focused on the Northern Ireland conflict but includes a number of publications of a more broad interest.

Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
An independent think-tank devoted to studying the security issues of South Asia. It's site includes many articles and publications on India and Pakistan as well as the compounding forces of the U.S. and China.

Conciliation Resources
Works in partnership with local and international civil society groups to prevent violence, promote justice and transform conflicts into opportunities for peace and development. It's site chronicles this work which ranges from Caucasus to Fiji, and various locales in Africa.

Studies of Peaceful Societies
Peaceful societies are contemporary groups of people who effectively foster interpersonal harmony and who rarely permit violence or warfare to interfere with their lives. This website serves to introduce these societies to students, peace activists, scholars and citizens who are interested in the conditions that promote peacefulness.

Life and Peace Institute
The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) is an international and ecumenical centre of research on and action for peace and justice. Our aim is to further the causes of justice, peace and reconciliation through a combination of research action and conflict transformation.

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
SIPRI conducts research on questions of conflict and cooperation of importance for international peace and security, with the aim of contributing to an understanding of the conditions for peaceful solutions of international conflicts and for a stable peace. Its numerous projects and publications are available online.

International Peace Institute, Oslo
One of the first centers of peace research in the world, International Peace Institute, Oslo is an independent research institute with numerous projects, journals, and other publications.

Frankfurt Peace Research Institute
The Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) was founded in 1970 by the government of the state of Hesse as an independent foundation with its work directed towards identifying the causes of violent international and internal conflicts, carrying out research into the conditions necessary for peace, understood as a process of decreasing violence and increasing justice, and spreading the concepts of peace.

Beyond Intractability
Beyond Intractability is a free knowledge base on more constructive approaches to destructive conflict. The website contains a variety of educational resources that include case studies, articles on understanding conflict, intervention essays, and more.

Human Security Centre, University of British Columbia
The Human Security Centre's mission is to make human security-related research more accessible to the policy and research communities, the media, educators and the interested public. It reports annually in the Human Security Report, as well as through two online publications available on its website, and also undertakes its own independent research and hosts workshops that bring the research and policy communities together to discuss a range of human security-related issues.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Notre Dame
The Kroc Institute conducts research, education, and outreach programs on the causes of violence and the conditions for sustainable peace and includes many publications and different studies.

Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland
An interdisciplinary research center at the University of Maryland, CIDCM seeks to prevent and transform conflict, to understand the interplay between conflict and development, and to help societies create sustainable futures for themselves.

Guide to Training Programs in Conflict Resolution and Related Fields

Research and Resources on international service learning compiled by Kurt Ver Beek, Calvin College http://www.calvin.edu/academic/sociology/staff/kurt.htm

Solidarity Will Transform the World is a collection of inspiring stories of hope written by Jeffry Odell Korgen which describes how Catholic Relief Services' beneficiaries meet the challenges of extreme poverty. On the website there is also a free Study Guide companion which is available for download. http://storiesofhope.crs.org/#intro