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The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) is a creative hub that merges cutting-edge academic research, education programs and practical initiatives that reduce violence, and build more peaceful societies and international relations. CPCS is a research center at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. The Center promotes interdisciplinary research on a wide range of topics related to peace and conflict with an emphasis on conflict prevention, management, resolution, and post-conflict peace building and reconstruction. The Center is committed to advancing the understanding of social conflict, global peace and conflict issues through multidisciplinary, multilevel, and multicultural approaches. Through the Center’s ongoing research projects as well as education and practice activities, faculty, students, alumni and colleagues work together to develop the interdisciplinary field of peace and conflict studies

The CPCS’ focus areas include Asia-Pacific security and the U.S.-China relations, peacebuilding and statebuilding across the Middle East and North Africa, Catholic peacemaking and diplomacy and conflict resolution training and mentoring. The Center advances international understanding on how to promote peace and reduce conflict through its unique research on issues such as the role of NGOs in mediation processes; the nexus between humanitarianism, development and peacebuilding; and diplomacy across cultural norms. The Center also serves as a training resource for diplomats and professionals working on 

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peace promotion. The CPCS’ approach is that the future of conflict resolution depends on transformations of those living in conflict, the societies where conflict takes place, and how diplomacy is conducted.