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Conflict Analysis & Dispute Resolution

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Academic Information:

What is Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution?

Conflict analysis refers to the systematic study of conflict in general and of individual or group conflicts in particular. It provides a structured inquiry into the causes and potential flight of a conflict so that processes of resolution can be better understood.

Conflict analysis aims to gain a comprehensive and shared understanding of potential or ongoing violent conflicts. It is undertaken at local, national, regional and international levels.

Career Information

Possible/Typical Job Titles

  • Mediator
  • Arbitrators
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Analyst
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Director
  • Program Analyst
  • Human Resources Analyst
  • Assistant Director
  • Ombudsman
  • Trainers
  • Project Supervisor
  • Teachers
  • Health care workers
  • Police officers
  • Community activists
  • Community educators

Typical Places of Employment

  • Government sectors-federal/state/local
  • Religious Institutions
  • Education-Public/Proive/Post Secondary
  • The World Bank
  • The International Development Bank
  • The Red Cross
  • Labor
  • The United Nations and affiliated organizations
  • Media
  • Business
  • NGOs that work in the areas of development, capacity building, and post-war reconstruction
  • Development and humanitarian organizations
  • International businesses, law firms and financial institutions

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Mediation
  • Traditional and Expedited Arbitration
  • Mini-Trials
  • Partnering
  • Fact-Finding
  • Early Neutral Evaluation
  • Resolve conflicts between 2 individuals, in the case of divorce
  • Problem solving
  • Training
  • Peer mediation
  • Assist in resolving conflicts amongst groups

Alumni Resources

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)





Robert La Chance 2001 Director and Academic Program Coordinator Center for Conflict Resolution
Meaghen Long 2004 School Counselor St. Mary's County Public Schools
Michael Wessel 2007 ESL Teacher Lizen High School

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Professional Associations:

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.

Other Career-Related Links:

Graduate Programs-Conflict/Dispute Resolution & Peace Studies

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