Ted Robert Gurr, Distinguished University Professor emeritus and CIDCM faculty member from 1989-2001 passed away on November 25, 2017. He was a towering figure in the study of civil and ethnic conflict and political violence. Reflecting on a prolific career of ground-breaking research, he once noted that "Fear of failure or criticism has never inhibited me from starting off in a new direction." Among his many achievements, Dr. Gurr authored the award-winning books Why Men Rebel (Princeton, 1970, 40th anniversary edition 2010), and, with historian Hugh Davis Graham, Violence In America (Bantam Books, and Praeger, 1969; Sage Publications, 1979 and 1989 eds.).
MIDCM is a 16-credit undergraduate program open to students of all majors who are interested in the theory, practice and professions related to development and conflict – and their intersections – around the world. Apply now to begin the program in fall 2018!
To apply, complete the online form in this link, or email us for a .pdf copy of the questionnaire!
Introducing a 2018 Summer Program Course "The Israeli Palestinian Experiment", offered June 18 to July 6, 2018.
This course provides an in depth understanding of the conflict using simulations that explore cometing historical narratives and the search for common ground. Topics include: Jerusalem, refugees, settlements, water rights, border disputes, and security concerns.
David Backer and Paul Huth of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) are leading a University of Maryland (UMD) team that has been awarded a $1.2 million four-year grant for the project Modelling Early Risk Indicators to Anticipate Malnutrition (MERIAM). The sponsor is the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). UMD is receiving a subaward from the nonprofit organization Action Against Hunger (ACF), as part of a total project budget of over $3.7 million.
Jacob Aronson, Paul Huth, and Mark Lichbach of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) and the Government and Politics Department (GVPT) at the University of Maryland (UMD) have been awarded a grant of $150,000 from the Smith Richardson Foundation to study insurgent sanctuary in civil wars.
The project will focus on identifying the causes and consequences of insurgent sub-national access to four different ideal-types of sanctuary: makeshift, hidden, unhardened, and fortified. The first phase of work will seek to explain sub-national variation in sanctuary access--where groups build sanctuaries and why.
CIDCM's flagship biennial publication, Peace and Conflict 2016, has been released. The report covers a range of topics including global patterns and trends on conflict and peace, and a special feature on work on measuring micro-level welfare effects of exposure to conflict. From 2016 onwards, Peace and Conflict is a collaboration between the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and CIDCM.
CIDCM seeks to prevent and transform conflict, to understand the interplay between conflict and development, and to help societies create sustainable futures for themselves.
For more than 20 years, scholars and practitioners at CIDCM have sought ways to understand and address conflicts over security, identity, and distributive justice. CIDCM programs are based on the belief that "peace building and development-with-justice are two sides of the same coin" (CIDCM Founding Director, Edward Azar, 1987).