Director: Slađana Đurić, Ph.D., assistant professor
The Conflict Research Center was formed as an interdisciplinary research unit within the Faculty of Security Studies. Its basic purpose is to conduct comparative analyses of conflicts and their successful resolution. Its aim is to encourage more members of the academic community to take part in conflict research and to support this process through seminars, conventions, publishing, inviting guest experts and establishing cooperation with other institutions.
Its aim is to promote a multidisciplinary discussion on contemporary conflicts in societies, cultures and political entities and to provide feedback on the results of its research useful to peacebuilding in practice. General topics and issues of interest to research in the Center are changes introduced peacefully, conflict resolution, conflict prevention, post-agreement peacebuilding and issues specific to the region of the Southern Balkans. Taking this approach, the activities of the Center will include reporting, supervision, data gathering, research and examination, training and capacity building and executive tasks. The Center was formed because our students were interested in the causes of war and organized violence, as well as for the conditions necessary to achieve global peace and human solidarity.
The Goals of the Center are:
- to expand the knowledge on the most successful ways to prevent conflicts, on conflict management and reconciliation and the skill of peacebuilding;
- to analyze the problem of violence, violence reduction and conflict resolution at different levels of society and human co-existence and to seek ways to eliminate structural violence as a consequence of institutions and processes which degrade the material and spiritual quality of human life and the environment;
- to analyze conflicts in an interdisciplinary and multi-layered way;
- to increase public understanding of the nature of international conflicts, their dynamics and the prevention of serious conflicts;
- to develop a more analytic and effective peacebuilding process;
- to provide information on the politics and practice of conflicts and highlight the goal of achieving of secure and sustainable peace;
- to improve conflict management and resolution by combining research, training and other activities which provide information to national and international organizations dealing with conflicts;
- to enable undergraduate and graduate students to gain insight into intellectual and practical skills necessary for peace analysis and peacebuilding, which they can then apply in the society in their future work places;
- to provide education and relevant skills for conflict mediation in different circumstances;
- to improve peace promotion, management and non-violent resolution of international conflicts and to draw specific lessons which will promote reconciliation and the surmounting of obstacles;
- to examine the relation among the notions of justice, reconciliation and co-existence and to further the studying and understanding of international crises and the cases of civil rights violations;
- to promote the understanding of the sources of conflict and violence in the international system, important conditions for peace, strategies to overcome poverty and marginalization;
- to connect practice with academic analyses and, therefore, to be firmly rooted in the experience gained in this field;
- to undertake proper activities for peacebuilding in conflicts and potential conflicts;
- to set up a network of influential analysts and policy-makers who would contribute to the research and discussions of the Center by providing information and presenting global trends.