About this Blog

This blog will discuss current events, as well as relevant information related to the Conflict and Peace Studies specialization of the SJP MA program, taught at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University in The Hague.


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Conflict and Peace Studies continues to flourish at ISS, where we consider war and peace as intertwined in every situation of violent conflict.  There is always the danger that the ‘liberal peace’ that usually comes at the end of civil war, can land countries and whole populations deeper in a crisis of impoverishing change than during the conflict itself.

Here you will find regular updates of information about topical issues for debate on conflict and peace, forthcoming events, job vacancies, internships and other opportunities.

We would invite all of you reading this page to send us a message saying what you think of the blog pages and posts so far.  Let us have news that you think we might like to share on these pages.  We are especially keen to hear from our alumni and from any prospective students about why Conflict and Peace Studies is important to them, professionally and personally.We look forward to your contributions and feedback!


Welcome to CPS

At ISS, we approach Conflict and Peace Studies, and issues of violent conflict


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and peace from a distinctly developmental and Social Justice Perspective.  The focus is on understanding how gender, identity, class and social relations intersect with the domains of policy-making and the exercise of state power.

The concern is how to promote human development and more equitable social change, so that violent conflict can be reduced in future.  State violence continues to be a major threat to many minorities around the world. It is mainly the responsibility of global actors, such as the UN, Bretton Woods organisations, and the EU as well as other global institutions, and states to take steps to reduce reliance on weapons, war and violence as a means of making a living, whether for whole countries, public or private organizations.


Principles of Conflict Transformation


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A Dilemma in Teaching about violence, war and conflict is to get students to critically engage with often disturbing material, whilst avoiding the pitfalls of sensationalising violence or  disturbing students’ well-being.  How can students show respect for victims of violence without voyeurism or vicarious trauma?

A recent article in Anthropology News by two doctoral students, Heidi Bauer-Clapp and Ryan Harrod, discusses the importance of respect for victims and class members. 

Thus whether it is in relation to sexual violence or genocide : “…we must be aware that there may  be students in our courses who were survivors of or descendants of survivors of genocide” or of sexual violence.  This means sensitivity above all is required, as well as an ability to deal with the harsh realities of violence in wartime and in what is called peacetime. For a related text, see this article by Ryan Harrod.

TransConflict has developed the following set of Principles which we hope will contribute to the conceptual debate about conflict transformation, whilst helping to guide individuals and organizations alike in the field of conflict transformation.  You can click to see other activities on TransConflict’s website here.


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Exciting news is that Dr. Berma Klein Goldewijk, is the UPEACE Affiliate Associate Professor and Academic Director, and heads up this Peace and Conflict Studies unit in The Hague.  The unit has an agreement with ISS for joint teaching and research activities.  It is located inside the ICJ Peace Palace complex, and focuses mainly on peacebuilding in the context of recurrent conflicts. New approaches to peacebuilding are the main focus, based on recognising the precarious character of peace and the risks of post-conflict reconstruction.  The program in Peace & Conflict Studies is part of the UPEACE international network, linked to the main University of Peace in Costa Rica.

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Conflict and Peace Studies is a specialization within the Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies MA Major in Development Studies. This blog provides a platform for discussion for researchers, students and others interested in this field of studies. The blog is administered by the Conflict and Peace Studies teaching team.

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