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International Centre for Peace Studies is a non-governmental, non-profit-making registered society, engaged in the study and research on issues relating to peace and conflict in societies across the world since 1993. The activities of the Centre include evolving frameworks to study conflict situations, conceptualising the conflicts and developing strategies to address such situations. Restructuring of the prevailing systems through non-violent means and methods is the central principle governing the Centre's efforts aimed at conflict-resolution. The Centre aims at developing a methodology of conflict resolution and meeting the challenges of social tensions released by post-modern developmental paradigms. The Centre has a focus on human rights, peace education and multi-culturalism.

The Centre, in terms of the directions in the Memorandum of Association, is guided by a governing body of seven members. The Centre is also advised by an International Research Advisory Council comprising scholars, academics and peace researchers from different parts of the World.

International Centre for Peace Studies

International Centre for Peace Studies is a non-profit, non-governmental, registered society, engaged in the study and research on issues relating to peace and conflict in societies across the world. It was founded in the year 1992 and registered in the following year in 1993.

The activities of the Centre include evolving frameworks to study conflict situations, conceptualising the conflicts and developing peace strategies to address such situations. The chief aim of the Centre is to develop a methodology of conflict resolution and meet the challenges of social tensions released by post-modern developmental paradigms, through peaceful means. The Centre considers restructuring of the prevailing systems through non-violent means and methods as the central principle that should guide and govern all efforts aimed at peaceful conflict-resolution. The Centre has a focus on issues relating to Human Rights and their relationship with the issues of peace and conflict around the world.

The Centre, in terms of the directions in the Memorandum of Association, is guided by a governing body of seven members. The Centre is also advised by an International Research Advisory Council comprising scholars, academics and peace researchers from different parts of the World.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The Centre is engaged in studies in the following areas:

  • Workings towards Culture of Peace
  • Religion as an Instrument of Peace
  • Creating awareness on Human Rights
  • Women and Children in Conflict situations
  • Displacement, Forced Migration and Refugee issues
  • The origin and basis of Social Conflicts and their linkages with other social systems
  • Peace through Disarmament and International Law
  • Changing Global economic order and Social conflict
  • Globalism, Regionalism and Nationalism
  • Role of Media in Conflict
  • Environment and Conflict
  • Problems of Governance
  • Education and the making of Civil Society
  • Armed Conflicts and their effect on State and Civil Society
  • Right to Development

The Centre recognises that education plays an important role in transmitting many ideas from generation to generation, which could be corrosive to peace, and as such any effort aimed at rescuing the subsequent generations from the scourges of inter-societal, inter-ethnic conflicts should begin with a central curricular thrust on ideas that would emphasise social harmony and peace. The Centre plans to develop a peace curriculum in this direction.

Focus on Human Rights: The research activities at the Centre have a primary focus on issues relating to Human Rights (HR). The inter-relationship among HR, State Security, Self-determination, Displacement and Governance is studied with concern and interest by the researchers of the Centre. The Centre has been organizing debates, discussions and interactive sessions, particularly in educational institutions, to make people HR sensitive and to underscore the increasing importance of HR in the world.

Focus on Armed Conflicts: The Centre is keeping a close watch on armed conflicts, involving both state and non-state actors around the world with special focus on South Asia. Apart from working on the causalities, the Centre has decided to study the effect of armed conflicts on Civil Society and state, which has become quite an engaging theme for the researchers at the Centre. The co-relation between Right to Development and Popular disaffection leading to intra-society conflicts is also given special emphasis.

Chapter on Islam and the New World Order: This Chapter has started operating under the auspices of the Centre since 1997. Its main aim is to study Islamic societies in Asia and elsewhere with an objective of going beyond the civilisational perspective and adopt a framework that recognizes the pluralities and heterogeneity of these societies. While the Centre shares the concern regarding the rising tide of fundamentalism in Islamic Societies, rather than perceiving such issues of fundamentalist upsurge to be arising out of any cognitive dissonance between the tenets of Islam and the post-modern civil – social order, they are being studied at the Centre from the perspective of interstate rivalries, crisis in governance and global economic instability.

The Centre plans to establish linkages with educational institutions in order to involve students and youth in its efforts aimed at a global peace movement.

FUNDING

The Centre is funded by individual subscriptions and voluntary donations from individuals/groups and other independent philanthropist organizations. The Centre also raises its funds through publications.

WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, CONFERENCES

The Centre organises Workshops, Conferences and Seminars from time to time.

The Centre provides advisory and consultancy services to institutions, organisations and individuals involved in peace research in India and abroad.

The Centre seeks collaboration in projects and studies with other research organisations and institutions.

PUBLICATIONS

The Centre publishes a Quarterly research Journal – Journal of Peace Studies. This Journal is being published regularly since 1993. The Journal has an inter-disciplinary approach and aims at promoting peace and understanding among the societies of the world in general and South Asian societies in particular.

It is circulated among academics, researchers, students, journalists, policy makers, administrators and diplomats and it is acclaimed as a Journal of high reference value, especially for people engaged in research in the fields of Peace and Human Rights. The Centre invites contributions from scholars, researchers and activists working in areas related to peace, human rights and conflict resolution, for the Journal.

The Centre also publishes Occasional papers/Books on various issues relating to Peace and Conflict and Human Rights, from time to time.