Tydings Hall, University of Maryland, College ParkCIDCM 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).

Current Developments

CIDCM Spotlight

CIDCM receives Minerva grant

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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... ]

Upcoming Events

CIDCM/IR Workshop

Jim Vreeland, Georgetown University "Transparency, Protest, and Democratic Stability" [ more... ]

Democracy and Conflict Resolution

When it comes to conflict resolution, can democracy do more harm than good? [ more... ]

Frontiers of Globalization and Governance Series

Amitav Acharya, American University, and Virginia Haufler, University of Maryland, College Park [ more... ]

CIDCM/IR Workshop

Rachel Stein, George Washington "War and Revenge: Explaining Conflict Initiation by Democracies" [ more... ]

CIDCM/IR Workshop

Page Fortna, Columbia (in conjunction with Women Graduate Student Group) Title TBA [ more... ]