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Peace Studies in the Antipodes

A while back I wrote a short post about peaceful countries, indicating that The Global Peace Index shows New Zealand to be number one on the list.  Well, you can imagine that my interest was peaked when I heard about the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand.  You can read all about it at the link, but here is a blurb to get you going:

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The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) was made possible by a $1.25m donation from the Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust. The Trust’s gift was made through the University’s Leading Thinkers Initiative and was therefore matched by the Government under the Partnerships for Excellence scheme – lifting the total to $2.5m.

The NCPACS is New Zealand’s first Centre to combine global cross-disciplinary expertise on the issues of development, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. It offers postgraduate programs at the Masters and PhD level, conducts high level research on the causes of violent conflict and conditions for sustainable peace, and provides training, evaluation expertise, and expert advice to government and non-governmental organizations engaged in peacebuilding and humanitarian intervention. It is a theory, research and practice centre, located within the Division of Humanities.

NCPACS will offer programs on:

Peace and conflict research and education
Causes of war, political and other violence
Conflict Analysis, including Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation
Third Party Intervention, such as Mediation, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding
Development, Post-Conflict State/ Institution building and Reconciliation
Nonviolence
Religion and Conflict
The Aesthetics of peace – how peace is understood in music, literature, film, theatre and the visual arts
Peace, Justice, Community and Wellbeing
Peace through Health

The aims of the Centre are to:

Build understandings of peace and conflict grounded in the experiences of people, places and history, and in ways, which respect customary and local requirements for sovereignty, development, legitimate governance and wellbeing.
Learn from dialogue, theoretical insight, international research and practical experience, including Aotearoa/ New Zealand’s own experiences of Treaty partnership and engagement in international peacebuilding.
Deliver high quality postgraduate programs at the Masters and PhD level.
Conduct research on the causes of intrastate and international armed conflict; security, conflict resolution and post -conflict peacebuilding with special reference to the Asia-Pacific region.
Provide expert advice and advanced level short courses and training for government and non-government organisations engaged in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, development, humanitarian intervention, and policy making around the role of justice and good governance in sustainable peace.
Engage in practical projects that build local capacities for sustainable development, community engagement, governance and conflict transformation in the Asia-Pacific region, and in Aotearoa/ New Zealand’s own contexts.
Facilitate evaluations and impact assessments of practical projects in the field.
Advance the understanding and knowledge of conflict resolution processes by conducting state-of-the-art training in negotiation, mediation, and cross-cultural conflict resolution.
To reach these aims, NCPACS has a multidisciplinary faculty, research associates, visiting scholars and partner organisations from around the globe. Led by Professor Kevin Clements this Faculty has a world class reputation in the field.

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IGbarb says:  “There is something appealing about studying peace in a peaceful country”

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