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  • Youth Employment


    What investments are required to engage conflict-vulnerable youth populations
    through workforce development linked to jobs?


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  • Agriculture and Food Security


    Which interventions are required to build upon local conflict coping strategies
    to incentivize food security and promote resilience?


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  • Natural Resource Management
    & the Environment


    How can natural resource management be used
    as a peace-building approach?


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  • Strengthening Local Institutions


    How do legitimate local institutions redirect elite competition and
    promote cooperation dynamics in conflict-prone regions?


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The Center on Conflict and Development

Researching Solutions for a More Peaceful World

The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University seeks to improve the effectiveness of development programs and policies for conflict-affected and fragile countries through multidisciplinary research and education. The Center uses science and technology to:

  • Reduce Armed Conflict
  • Sustain Families and Communities During Conflict
  • Assist States to Rapidly Recover From Conflict
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OUR PROGRAMS

The Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University seeks to improve the effectiveness of development programs and policies for conflict-affected and fragile countries through multidisciplinary research and education.

RESEARCH

ConDev’s research focuses largely on mitigating conflict related to four program areas, which were hand-picked based on their potential to combat key drivers of international conflict. Learn more about the research conducted by the ConDev team including publications, reports & seminars.


ConDev’s network of students and partners generates a variety of papers and presentations, while an elite team of researchers, through the Strategic Analytics Lab (SAL), focuses on tackling the more theoretical and data-intensive aspects of conflict research. SAL serves as the quantitative research arm of the center, conducting deep analyses of the development programs led by ConDev and its partners.

EDUCATION

The Center on Conflict and Development (condev.org) focuses on providing students with high-impact experiences to arm them with skills and experience they will need as future professionals in global conflict and development. Students are our greatest asset, and perhaps our greatest hope as we work to expand our network of scholars and alleviate conflict around the world. 

Some of the educational opportunities we offer for students include internships, Capstone courses, the Student Media Grants Program, innovation challenges, and opportunities to participate in some of our educational programs or to conduct research on educational topics. We also offer two courses through the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M:  "Economics of Foreign Intervention, Conflict and Development" and “Food Security, Climate and Conflict.”

DEVELOPMENT

Development programs help ConDev continue its mission to reduce armed conflict, sustain families and communities during conflict, and assist states to rapidly recover from conflict through the application of science and technology. 


Development programs have four cross-cutting themes that are central to its operations: Fill Knowledge Gaps, Integrate Gender and Vulnerable Populations, Leverage Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and Support Local-Led Solutions.

Serving the World

ConDev works in selected conflict-affected and fragile countries, working with partners to conduct research, education, and development programs aimed at eliminating violence and promoting peace, security, and sustainable development.

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