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.
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 2017!
To apply, go to https://umdsurvey.umd.edu/midcm2017 and complete the online form, or email us for a .pdf copy fo the questionnaire! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
This unique approach to peacebuilding involves a partnership between educators from both sides of a conflict. Together they facilitate workshops whose aim is to develop a joint narrative history of a particular conflict region, e.g., Greek/Turkish Cypriots, Israelis/Palestinians. The program focuses on interactive discussion, historical perspectives, and problem solving techniques in search of common ground. The idea is to help participants understand the conflict from the point of view of the other side, so that they gain a deeper understanding of the human needs behind the rhetorical arguments and can eventually collaborate on the creation of an action plan based on consensus.
Introducing a 2017 Summer Program Course "Multi-Track Diplomacy: Transforming Violent Conflict", offered June 19 to July 7, 2017. Registration for this course and for the Summer 2017 session opens in late February, 2017.
Shibley Telhami presents the key findings, questionnaire, PowerPoint presentation, and his newest article on a post-election poll on U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The poll results were also compared with previous polls that were conducted in past years on this issue. Please note that the questions from the post-election poll were from the new University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll conducted in November 2016, which he led along with colleague, Professor Stella Rouse.
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).