The Peace and Conflict Studies programme aims to support holistic understanding of contemporary conflicts and the ways in which different dimensions and actors in conflicts interact. UPEACE The Hague teaches the basics of conflict dynamics and conflict resolution including the development of pioneering views of and ground-breaking approaches to the theory and practice of conflict transformation and peacebuilding in fragile political orders.
Recent work under this programme has focused on the ways in which international efforts to obtain security in the hybrid political context of post-settlement countries relate to national and local perceptions and practices regarding security.
Current work for the Knowledge Platform “Security and Rule of Law” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs looks at peoples’ experiences in seeking justice in relation to violence in South Sudan, and investigates the opportunities for transitional justice and reconciliation at local, national and international levels.
The ultimate aim of the Centre’s research activities is to contribute to adequate responses to new challenges in the area of conflict, peace and human security, and to make the results available for peace education in cooperation with partners in The Netherlands and from the UPEACE global network. Under the programme several courses are being taught in the BA programmes of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, including Transforming War Economies, Fragile Peace Agreements, Civil War and Conflict Studies, Peace Negotiation and Mediation, Human Rights Law and Conflict Resolution, and International Peacebuilding, as well as a Working group on Peace and Conflict within the Minor Social Work and Human Rights, and modules for the THUAS-UPEACE Winter School.