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CGP | Vision, Mission & Scope of Activities

     Since its inception in December 1996, the Center has produced twelve international conferences, ten edited volumes, a refereed journal, three endowed projects and four large government grants, and has raised a total of $13.3 million in external funds in addition to University support. The Center’s activities include, without limitation: (i) establishing cooperative relationships with governmental and non-governmental organizations; (ii) organizing and co-sponsoring national and international conferences, symposia, workshops, forums, seminars, panels and lectures; (iii) conducting research and pursuing publication; (iv) conducting teacher training and designing of curricula and training materials; (v) supporting student research and field experiences that augment classroom education; and (vi) providing policy analysis and recommendations.

  1. Vision

    The Center for Global Peace (“Center”) at American University offers a multi-disciplinary, university-wide forum for advancing global peace and understanding through distinguished scholarship and collaborative partnerships. The Center promotes a cross-cultural approach to developing and expanding peace education, civic engagement, nonviolent conflict resolution and sustainable development research and practices in diverse regional and functional areas.

  2. Mission

    The Center seeks to advance peace studies and conflict resolution practices that build upon cross-cultural approaches to peace education, civic engagement, nonviolent conflict resolution and sustainable development. The Center recognizes the inherent value of local resources in constructing frameworks for analysis that evaluate linkages among social, political, cultural, economic and civic structures. By facilitating the establishment of new and innovative approaches, the Center seeks to promote a just, inclusive and sustainable global society. Global peace and economic prosperity are manifest when differences among peoples and cultures become sources of knowledge and unity, and where governance reflects social justice, respect for human rights and democratic practices.

  3. Scope of Activities

    The Center utilizes a broad range of talent and expertise from across the University’s faculty, teaching units and other centers and institutes within and outside the University. This combined pool of talent is leveraged to address global issues. It works particularly closely with the University’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution Division (“IPCR”) and the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace. The Center is committed to innovation in scholarship, teaching, policy analysis and policy recommendations, and community service.