The core course for our program is “The Politics of War and Peace” in which all students study one conflict extensively and write up a conflict report.These reports explain the basic elements of the conflict, chose particularly important factors to explore in more depth in the “Background” section, and also offer the student’s own short and long term recommendations for resolving the conflict.

This project allows students to apply the tools they have developed in their studies to analyze one conflict and develop their ideas for peace.  We have decided to make these reports available here to provide more information on peace and justice in our world, as well as to share the excellent work our students are doing! For more information about these conflict reports, please contact Professor Keally McBride at

Conflict Reports 

  • Central African REpublic : Sophia Kleinsasser
  • "The most pressing issue is that of the rebel activity in the northwest and northeast that has displaced hundreds of thousands since the bloody coup of 2002 and 2003..." 

  • Colombia : Chelsea Lalancette
  •  "Colombia has suffered a war between communist, anti-government guerilla forces and right wing, pro-government paramilitary since the 1960’s…"

  • COLOMBIA : Melody Maldonado
  • "Spanish colonialism, the War of a Thousand Days, and La Violencia are the three main eras of violence that have stained Colombia’s history with blood and have left its future unclear, unstable and insecure. During each period, certain root issues deepened and the conflict evolved into what is now being referred to as the War on Drugs..."

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo : Morgan McCloskey
  • "The Democratic Republic of Congo is a conflict state dubbed with a post-conflict label. Currently, issues are being addressed from a stance of rebuilding from the top down in a post-conflict arena…"

  • India : Katie Bowen-Williams
  • "Currently there are an estimated 220 districts in 20 states affected by the CPI (Maoist), which is approximately 40% of India's land mass..."

  • India : Maka akan najin clifford
  •  "The Naxalite movement has been one that has engaged an ideological battle for decades between the Indian Government and the communists within the nation... [and] since its inception, been linked to the tribal and peasant rebellions though the two remain exclusive..."

  • Nigeria : Corinne aparis
  • "Nineteen fifty-six marked the year of the discovery of oil in the diverse ecosystem of Nigeria' southern states. The following fifty years and onward encompasses the epitome of what is a 'resource curse' onto a region..."
  • Philippines : Lizzie guerra
  • "This report will expand on the issues of land tenure, discontent on the part of both religious and secular political actors, expanding Autonomy in the ARMM, and ethno-religious biases that have played key roles in perpetuating the conflict in the Southern Philippines..."

  • PHILIPPINES : Andrea powell
  • "While it is the Bangsamoro Muslims who find disaccord with their country's governmental system and structure, the work to implement their desires and find the best solution lies in the hands of everyone in the country, Muslim and Christian alike..."
  • Somalia : catherine harris
  • "For the last three years, al-Shabab [as the militant arm of the Council of Islamic Courts] has been battling the Transitional Federal Government, claiming it is illegitimate and a puppet of Ethiopia..."
  • somalia : yue song
  • "...the piracy has developed into a new 'industry...' The terrible unemployment rate caused by the civil conflicts and undeveloped economy were forcing more and more people to participate in the expanding team of pirates..."

  • South Ossetia : Ashley ubois
  • "The Georgian government, currently led by President Mikheil Saakashvili, desires to maintain control over the three autonomous republics of Ajaria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia..."

  • Sudan : Eve cardero
  • "Documents claiming the Fur genocide exist from as far back as the beginning of 2002. However, the crisis in Darfur only gained international attention in mid 2003 after reports described the atrocities of Arab horsemen pillaging black Sudanese villages..."

  • zimbabwe : Caroline remer
  • "The trouble with understanding the true ancient origins of Zimbabwe, is that when the British colonized the territory in the early 1900's, they forced historians to write a fake history of Zimbabwe to try to erase any African origins..."


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