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2019 International Association for Conflict Management Conference

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What Does it Take to Live in Peace? Modeling and Measuring Sustainable Peace for Research and Policy

The United Nations has struggled to reorganize its peacebuilding architecture around the goal of sustaining peace. Scientific research should play a crucial role in this process, but our understanding of sustainably peaceful societies is limited by the fact that most research emphasizes peacebuilding and peacekeeping in the context of conflict. In response, the Sustaining Peace Project was launched at the Earth Institute as a multi-disciplinary, science-practice-policy initiative focused on providing an evidence-based understanding of how peace can be sustained in societies for generations. Moving away from assumptions of linear causality, this project has used insights from complexity science to explore the dynamic and idiosyncratic ways factors interact to create sustainable peace in different societies around the globe. In this symposium, scholars from disciplines ranging from anthropology to mathematics will present the diverse methodology, growing evidence base, outputs and preliminary implications of this research for policymakers, researchers, and practitioners.

Peter Coleman  |
Teachers College, Columbia University
United States

Douglas Fry  |
University of Alabama, Birmingham
United States

Geneviève Souillac  |
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Larry Liebovitch  |
Queens College, City University of New York
United States

Joshua Fisher  |
Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity
United States

Allegra Chen-Carrel  |
Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity
United States


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