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The Center's Programs

The Center hosts impactful programs that promote understanding, reconciliation and conflict management in areas of tension and conflict around the globe.

Nanjing Conference 2017

U.S.-China Maritime Security Dialogue Nanjing Conference, December 6, 2017 (Nanjing University, China)

U.S.-China Maritime Security Dialogue
The U.S.-China relationship is currently at a crisis point. Since the normalization of relations between the two nations in 1979, their relationship has never been more uncertain than it is today. The Centre is at the forefront of measures to improve dialogue and communication on issues central to stable security relationships between the two countries. This includes the projects Promoting U.S.-China Communication and Dialogue on the South China Sea Disputes (2016-2019) and U.S.-China Security Dialogues: Advancing Communication at a Bilateral Crisis Point (2019-2022), which promoted constructive engagement between high-ranking former senior officials and leading scholars from the U.S. and China on the maritime disputes and security issues, with generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Peacebuilding and statebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 
The 2011 Arab Spring has led to protracted social conflicts, substantial human suffering and tensions between states. It has also exposed shortcomings in existing international approaches for supporting peace and stronger states. The Center has responded with a program to support more effective mediation, international assistance and peacebuilding methodologies, with a focus on Libya, Syria and Yemen.

Genocide prevention
Mass atrocities have shaken the world to its core for decades, testing the understanding of societies and scholars alike as we seek to prevent such evil from repeating itself. The Center has been at the heart of efforts internationally to promote genocide prevention through its involvement in the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC).

Mentoring in the diplomacy and practice of conflict resolution
The Center provides a resource to those working on or in conflict in capacity development and skill enhancement. This encompasses dialogue skills, mediation skills and practical peace programming.

All Conflict is Local Annual Conference 
The Center conducts an annual student conference titled "All Conflict is Local: Personal Experience, Reflection, and Conflict Resolution." Panelists explore conflicts from various parts of the world, combining both theory and personal experience.

Catholic Peacemaking Program 
The Center offers courses and promotes research on the established and emerging peacemaking work done by Catholic actors and entities.

Reconciliation through Dialogue: Preventing Dangerous Conflict between China and Japan

The China-Japan relationship has unfortunately become one of the most dangerous relationships in today's world. Even an accidental conflict can easily escalate into an armed confrontation, jeopardize security and development in the whole East Asia region, and involve the US as Japan's alliance partner. It is crucial to find a way for the two Asian giants to exit this historically established deadlock, prevent conflict escalation, and manage sustainable coexistence. This project has the following objectives: (1) to establish alternative channels of communication;(2) to establish a new voice and way of thinking regarding the bilateral relationship, and to promote long-term transformation of mutual perceptions and attitudes;and (3) to have participants communicate ideas gained from the project with leadership and grassroots, and to promote possible direct communications between the leaderships of the two countries.

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