Conflict in today’s world can no longer be seen as a domestic affair, and often has consequences for regional and international relations, as well as for individual states. As the importance of conflict resolution (CR) for regional and international security and affairs becomes more widely observed, this subject has become of one of the foremost global activities and academic fields on the world agenda, concerned with engaging academics, practitioners, and civil society, in finding long-lasting and sustainable solutions to the pressing conflicts of the 21st century, and understanding the conflicts of the past. As new conflict areas continue to emerge internationally, the global conflict resolution movement has also developed, and in recent decades the importance of the field both academically (through research and theoretical approaches) and practically (through international organizations such as the UN and an increase in governmental attention) has become increasingly recognized as one of vital import.
CR is an interdisciplinary and multi-actor field of study and practice. Going beyond the traditional methods and approaches of political science and sociology, conflict resolution proposes a coalition between the disciplines and actors to deal with challenges in a range of settings from the interpersonal to the international; the cultural to the political. Ranging from individual diplomats to leaders, civil society organizations, lawyers, academics, media and governments, conflict resolution is a pluralistic profession and area of focus with many actors. Under the umbrella of conflict resolution can be found many related topics, ranging from governance and constitutional reform, to disarmament and reintegration issues, to political considerations, to economics, legal questions, gender studies, transitional justice issues, education, and many others, all of which will be addressed by the centre.
The Centre for Conflict Resolution Studies and Research (CCR) at Istanbul Bilgi University, has been established in line with the above principles, to provide a comparative theoretical and practical knowledge approach to the field of conflict resolution for the use of policy makers, academics, researchers, media and civil society actors primarily in Turkey and the MENA region. The CCR aims to remove the barriers between theory and practice in order to understand and contribute to the solution of social and political conflicts. CCR’s objective is to contribute towards a just and sustainable peace in Turkey and the MENA region by promoting constructive, creative and co-operative approaches to the resolution of conflict through comparative study cases, roundtable meetings, training, policy development, research and capacity building. The centre is not limited to the study of this region however, and aims to be an international source of knowledge, research and study, with the cases and topics addressed through the work of the centre taking a comparative approach and drawing on international examples.
Aims and Objectives
- Provide a comparative theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of conflict resolution for the use of policy makers, academics, researchers, journalists and civil society actors.
- Contribute towards a just and sustainable peace in Turkey and the MENA region by means of combining theory and the practice in order to understand the social and political conflicts in depth.
- Support the coalition between the disciplines and actors to deal with challenges in a range of settings from the interpersonal to the international; the cultural to the political.
- Conduct regular researches regarding the conflict resolution processes in Turkey and MENA region.
- Be an international source of knowledge, research and study, with the cases and topics addressed through the work of the centre taking a comparative approach and drawing on international examples.