Research at CSC

The core philosophy of the Center’ studies and research is that effective conflict management cannot be accomplished without accurate and in-depth understanding of the conflicts’ roots, causes, and dynamics. Therefore, the Center has initiated and developed a series of conflict analysis research projects, starting with Mapping Inter-Group Conflicts Project in 2006-2007 (the Report was presented at the Center’s Annual Workshop on Conflict Management Research, May 2007) and continuing with real-time simulations on international negotiations and mediation as methods of conflict resolution based on in-depth analysis of the disputes taken in consideration (the Iran nuclear program, global warming prevention and management policies, Rosia Montana gold exploitation and others).

The most recent and ambitious project of the Center is the Conflict Observer Project (COP), which is a real-time, up-to-date, online publication of conflict analysis papers focusing on present conflicts around the world. Currently, the COP has opened files on Sudan-South Sudan war, Syria civil war, Afghanistan insurgency and Cameroon separatist movement of the Anglophone community. The project aims to deliver valid in-time conflict analysis for the use of various organizations that deal with international conflict management and resolution, as a solid base for conflict prevention and humanitarian intervention.

Another major project is TACORES (Traditional Conflict Resolution Methods). This is a multi-annual research project that studies the way various traditional methods and techniques of conflict resolution have survived the assault of modernity, how they work and what are their particularities, why they continue to be is use and what makes them effective. The year 2013-2014 is dedicated to the study of a number of remote communities located in the Apuseni Mountains, one of the most conservative regions of Romania. Counting on our cooperation with universities from Africa, it is our goal to extend the project toward traditional communities from Cameroon and Nigeria, giving it a most necessary comparative cross-cultural approach.

The overall CSC research policy has always been to team-up MA students and professors for specific projects, thus giving MA students a solid chance of perfecting their skills on crisis and conflict management by putting to use the knowledge they accumulated during courses and seminaries. At CSC, we have a pragmatic and realistic approach to conflict management and resolution and our aim is to give students not an ideological (mis)understanding of various conflicts happening around the world, but the mastery of a set of techniques and tools for effective crisis and conflict management.