Conflict Transformation & Peace-Building Links
The Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution
The Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution (formerly known as ACRON) is a network of the United States' most pre-eminent conflict prevention and resolution organizations. Formed in 1999 and incorporated in 2003, the Alliance is the only U.S.-based organization dedicated to uniting conflict management organizations and reaching out to related fields.
African Centres for Peace Education and Training
Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace runs this site, which includes (among many other things) links to African centers for peace education and training.
This site provides invaluable information about organizations that promote cooperation between Israelis/Jews/Zionists and Palestinians/Muslims/Arabs. Opened to the public in 1995, Ariga was the first web-based source of news from Israel emphasizing the peace process. Ariga is an open platform, unaffiliated with any specific group.
Association for Conflict Resolution
ACR is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. ACR represents and serves over 7000 mediators, arbitrators, facilitators, educators, and others involved in the field of conflict resolution and collaborative decision-making. ACR was launched in January 2001, when the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM), the Conflict Resolution Education Network (CREnet), and the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) merged into one organization.
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
BPF seeks to awaken peace where there is conflict, bring insight to institutionalized ignorance, promote communication and cooperation among sanghas, and in the spirit of wisdom, compassion, and harmony, offer practical help wherever possible. Members are involved in disarmament work, environmental and human rights, including campaigns that oppose oppression of Buddhists in Bangladesh, Burma, Vietnam, and Tibet.
The Conflict Resolution Information Source (CRInfo) is a cooperative effort to strengthen the conflict field's information infrastructure. The site has catalogued over 8,000 web, hard copy, audio and video resources.
Campus Mediation Resources
Run by Bill Warters, Ph.D., of Wayne State University, this site is dedicated to supporting the development of mediation and conflict resolution services at colleges and universities. Includes searchable web links to more than 150 campus mediation projects, an extensive bibliography, program development resources, links to sample policies, etc.
Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict
The Carnegie Corporation of New York established the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict in May 1994 to address the looming threat to world peace of intergroup violence and to advance new ideas for the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. Their 'publications' and 'educational resources' sections are useful resources for teachers.
The Center for Nonviolent Communication
CNVC is a nonprofit training and peacemaking organization dedicated to fostering the 'Nonviolent Communication' process. NVC is a method for being heard, hearing others, clearly and confidently expressing our needs and dreams, and for working through conflict with compassion and success. NVC encourages people to reframe how they express themselves and hear others by focusing on what they are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting.
Centre for World Dialogue
Established in 1995, the Cyprus-based Centre for World Dialogue is an international NGO that exists to promote greater understanding between the peoples of the world. The Centre has hosted conferences, seminars and meetings in Cyprus and elsewhere on issues of international concern and publishes a quarterly journal called Global Dialogue, which promotes the exchange of ideas on a broad range of international issues. Subscriptions to the journal, which aims to encourage debate as an alternative to violence, are $60/year for individuals and $92/year for institutions.
Founded in the UK in 1993, CODEP (the Conflict, Development and Peace Network) is a multi-disciplinary forum for academics, organizations and practitioners involved in exploring the causes of conflict and its impact on people's lives. Some of CODEP's activities include an email newsletter, an online database, and an annual international conference on conflict and development.
Common Ground Partnership
The Common Ground Partnership is spearheading Conversations About Conflict across the country. Created by Search for Common Ground in June 2002, the Common Ground Partnership is working to transform the way we deal with conflict: away from adversarial approaches toward cooperative ones.
Community Relations Service
CRS, an arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, is a specialized Federal conciliation service available to State and local officials to help resolve and prevent racial and ethnic conflict, violence and civil disorders. CRS helps local officials and residents tailor locally defined resolutions when conflict and violence threaten community stability and well-being.
The Compassionate Listening Project
The Compassionate Listening Project (formerly Mid-East Citizen Diplomacy) is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals to heal polarization and build bridges between people, communities and nations in conflict.
Conflict Resolution Consortium of the University of Colorado
This is a gateway to the Consortium's various websites, including CRInfo (The Conflict Resolution Information Source), the Intractable Conflict Knowledge Base Project, the original Conflict Resolution Consortium website, and several other great resources.
The Consensus Building Institute, Inc.
CBI is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based organization committed to refining the art and science of consensus building. Consensus building involves informal, face-to-face interaction among representatives of stakeholding groups. It aims for "mutual gain" solutions, rather than win-lose or lowest common denominator outcomes.
Desktop Guide to Alternative Dispute Resolution
This online guide provides clear and concise definitions for the most common dispute resolution terms and procedures.
Dialogue Webpage for Conflicts Worldwide
Presented by the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention (JCCP) (www.jccp.gr.jp, info: ), DWCP is a resource and service for all people interested in conflict and its prevention. DWCP aims to contribute to the improvement of mutual understanding between opposing sides of conflict throughout the world, and provides a free email newsletter which reports new contributions and developments on the site.
Directory of College and University Peace Studies Programs
This web page, maintained by Robin Crews, includes links to online course lists and syllabi.
Educators for Social Responsibility
ESR's mission is to make teaching social responsibility a core practice in education so that young people develop the convictions and skills needed to shape a safe, sustainable, democratic, and just world. ESR's largest program, the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP) is a comprehensive, K-12 school-based program in conflict resolution and intergroup relations that provides a model for preventing violence and creating caring learning communities.
Global Nonviolent Peace Force
A new effort which builds upon the recent experiences of many organizations that have successfully experimented with the application of "Third Party Nonviolent Intervention" techniques in areas of advanced conflict.
Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
Established in 1992, IMTD promotes a systems approach to peacebuilding and facilitates the transformation of deep-rooted social conflict around the world. IMTD is based in Washington, DC and has 1237 members in 31 countries.
The Institute of World Affairs (IWA)
IWA was founded in 1924 as a non-profit international organization devoted to international understanding and the peaceful resolution of conflict. The Institute provides training programs designed to enhance professional skills in conflict resolution and infrastructure development. Institute projects address the full range of peace enhancing activities, from preventive action to post-conflict reconciliation and peace building.
Institute for Community Peace
The Institute for Community Peace (formerly the National Funding Collaborative on Violence Prevention), which has approximately 8,000 members nationwide, strives to promulgate peacebuilding and conflict resolution at every level. The Institute organizes and carries out dialogues, seminars and conflict resolution training and mediation programs in the U.S. and abroad.
Intractable Conflict Knowledge Base Project
A free and comprehensive system for accessing the peace and conflict resolution field's cumulative body of knowledge on the nature of difficult and intractable conflicts, as well as strategies for reducing the destructiveness of these conflicts.
The International Institute for Sustained Dialogue
Directed by Harold Saunders and formed in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation, the Institute promotes the process of sustained dialogue for transforming racial and ethnic conflicts around the world. Sustained dialogue (SD) is a systematic, interactive, open-ended political process to transform conflictual relationships over time. SD focuses on the dynamics of the relationships that underlie conflict and block its resolution.
Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
The Karuna Center provides education and training to transform conflict by promoting dialogue and reconciliation. In regions torn by war or conflict, they work with local groups in their own efforts to strengthen conditions for peace and justice.
Mediate.com is a comprehensive website which provides access to over 1000 conflict resolution-related articles and 5500 mediators, an excellent calendar of mediation events and trainings, and much more.
National Association for Community Mediation
NAFCM is a membership organization comprised of community mediation centers, their staff and volunteer mediators, and other individuals and organizations interested in the community mediation movement.
National Funding Collaborative on Violence Prevention
NFCVP is a partnership among public and private funders, community collaborators, and experts in violence prevention and other disciplines. It was developed to address violence and its related problems in a coordinated way, and to nurture a national violence prevention movement through advocacy, action, public awareness and a focus on prevention. The Collaborative raises public awareness that violence is preventable and empowers citizens to tackle violence in their communities.
Oregon Peace Institute
Through their web site, the Oregon Peace Institute seeks to promote and make available education and resources for peace and nonviolent conflict resolution in individual community, national, global and environmental contexts.
Pax Christi USA, headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania, publishes peace education literature and develops ministry programs that promote justice to more than 14,000 members worldwide. It is active in more than 30 countries. In 2001, Pax Christi USA unveiled its long-term anti-racism program called Brothers and Sisters All, a 20-year organization-wide effort to transform the Catholic peace movement into an anti-racist multicultural movement for justice and peace.
The Peace and Justice Studies Association
PJSA was formed in 2001 as a result of a merger of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the Peace Studies Association (PSA). Both organizations provided leadership in the broadly defined field of peace, conflict and justice studies. PJSA brings together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for social justice and social change. PJSA also serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict resolution studies.
The Peace Resource Center
The Peace Resource Center, part of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center, hosts documents and links to further the peace movement around the world through action, education, and information. The University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, which contains a wealth of resources and information, can also be accessed via this site.
PeaceWeb (formerly The National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution) was founded in 1982 to provide a forum where individuals working on and researching conflict resolution could gather to exchange ideas. PeaceWeb is a non-membership organization, open to everyone interested in issues of peacemaking, social justice, and conflict resolution. PeaceWeb provides an international forum for continuing dialogue about the uses of conflict resolution as a tool for social justice and a force for peace.
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) provides a great database of organizations that are working internationally on issues concerning women and peacebuilding and conflict transformation on the PeaceWomen site.
Program on Negotiation Clearinghouse
Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation runs a clearinghouse which markets and distributes materials for teaching negotiation, mediation, and other forms of dispute resolution. The online catalog includes videotapes, books, curricular ideas, monographs, working papers, reports, and over 150 role-play simulations (role-plays are a hallmark of the teaching style at PON and were developed and tested by PON faculty and graduate students).
Public Conversations Project
In addition to their groundbreaking grassroots dialogue work, PCP provides trainings, presentations, and workshops on such things as the power of dialogue, inquiry as intervention, and the architecture of dialogue. PCP's website offers a variety of great tools and downloadable resources to help you organize and facilitate a dialogue.
RESOLVE is a leader in mediating solutions to controversial problems and broadening the techniques for consensus building on public policy issues. RESOLVE is dedicated to improving dialogue and negotiation between parties to solve complex public policy issues and to advancing both research and practice in the dispute resolution field. The website features some great info and tools on mediation and consensus building.
The San Mateo Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group
Len and Libby Traubman have been organizing Jewish-Palestinian dialogue in the San Francisco area for over a decade. Their website features a 'how to' page on initiating Jewish-Palestinian dialogue groups, as well as many great articles and links. The Traubmans have spawned many similar, yet diverse groups in the Bay area, and their ideas have spread into new cities and campuses.
Search for Common Ground USA
Seeking to transform the way Americans think and act about conflict, SFCG USA is working to place a 'common ground vision' on the nation's political and cultural agenda and to facilitate the emergence of a movement to support that vision. SFCG USA provides a searchable online database of stories about Americans finding common ground, and offers an email newsletter called the Common Ground News Roundup.
Swiss Peace Foundation
SPF is an independent action-oriented peace research institute. One of its primary projects, the Center for Peacebuilding (KOFF), contributes actively to developing the conceptual and operative coherence of Swiss peace policy by providing analyses, offering advice, training, facilitation and networking to all relevant Swiss governmental and non-governmental actors.
The U.S. Consensus Council
In April 2003, legislation was introduced in Congress to establish the United States Consensus Council (USCC), which would serve the nation by promoting consensus-based solutions to important national legislative policy issues. The USCC would convene the stakeholders on a given issue and seek to build "win/win" agreements - those that reach the highest common denominator among the parties. On February 13, 2003, Congress approved $1 million in funding for the U.S. Consensus Council. The funding will be available once legislation to authorize the USCC passes Congress. On June 17, 2003, the Senate Government Affairs Committee unanimously approved S. 908, the U.S. Consensus Council Act of 2003. It now awaits action on the Senate floor. The initiative to create the United States Consensus Council has been organized and is staffed by Search for Common Ground, in coordination with Consensus Council, Inc. (North Dakota), the Western Consensus Council, the Montana Consensus Council, and the Policy Consensus Initiative.
The United States Institute of Peace
The USIP is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict. Established in 1984, the Institute provides an array of programs, including grants, fellowships, conferences and workshops, library services, publications, and other educational activities. The Jeannette Rankin Library Program supports the information and research needs of the Institute's programs and outside practitioners, researchers, libraries and the public through collections, services, networks, cooperative relationships, grants and outreach activities.
Workable Peace is an innovative curriculum on history and conflict management for high school classes. It aims to help teenagers understand conflict and build negotiation and conflict management skills. The curriculum is developed by educators and conflict resolution practitioners at the Consensus Building Institute.