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).
Latest Constituency-Level Elections Archive release covers 1494 elections in 129 countries. Beta version of GeoReferenced Electoral Districts Datasets also available at CLEA. [ more... ]
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Peace and Conflict 2014
CIDCM's flagship biennial publication, Peace and Conflict 2014, has been released. The report covers a range of topics including political and social instability, conflict, democratization, and terrorism. [ more... ]
CIDCM receives Minerva grant
CIDCM has been selected to receive a $2+ million three-year grant from the Minerva Initiative of the US Department of Defense. The project, "Aiding Conflict? The Impact of Foreign Assistance on the Dynamics of Intrastate Armed Conflict," is being led by Paul Huth and David Backer. [ more... ]
Paul Huth, University of Maryland "Sanctuary in Insurgency: Shelters as Offensive Base Areas and Defensive Safe Havens" [ more... ]
Peter White, University of Maryland "Professionals and Praetorians: International Threats and Military Political Power in non-Democracies" [ more... ]